Aug. 7, 1901-March 27, 2005

WALLA WALLA -Friends of Verna L. Hardin may call at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main in Milton-Freewater on Sunday between 1 and 5 p.m. The funeral for Mrs. Hardin will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Bethel Assembly of God Church, 342 S. Wilbur, in Walla Walla. Concluding service and interment will follow at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mrs. Hardin, 103, of Walla Walla, died Sunday, March 27, 2005 at the Odd Fellows Home.

One of nine children, she was born Aug. 7, 1901, at Walla Walla, to Wallula pioneers George and Gertrude Lambdin Warner. She attended school at Wallula. As an adult she lived in various locations in Washington and Oregon.

She married Earnest E. Hardin at Seattle, Washington on June 20, 1928. They moved to Walla Walla in the spring of 1941. Mr. Hardin died Aug. 3, 1973.

Mrs. Hardin was said to be a caring mother, grandmother and friend to relatives, caring for children and others in her home. She was a dedicated homemaker and had also worked at Whitman College, and at various area orchards and canneries.

She was a devout Christian and long-time member of area Assembly of God churches including Walla Walla First Assembly of God, Milton-Freewater Valley Christian Center and Walla Walla Bethel Assembly. She played banjo and piano. Her special areas of ministry were babies and the elderly. She taught the cradle roll class in every church she attended, spending over 60 years ministering to children. She always had time to minister to the elderly in retirement.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, David and Bonnie Hardin of Rexburg, Idaho, Craig "Preston" and Marcella Hardin of Walla Walla, and Rod and Sheila Hardin of Hermiston; daughters and sons-in-law, Verna Miller of Hermiston, Rozella and Robert Beach of College Place, and Grace and Charles Phillips of Walla Walla; 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, by her siblings, by a son-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Children's Home, Bethel Assembly Women's Ministries, Walla Walla Community Hospice or to the Odd Fellows Home through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

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