Lorean Burk Watson Hardy, affectionately known as “MeMa”, peacefully entered into eternal rest on July 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Lorean was born February 16, 1939 in Mecklenburg County to the late Elsie Evans and William Burks. She was adopted by the late Willie and Lucille Watson of Baskerville,Virginia. Lorean was baptized at an early age at Union Hill R.Z.U.A where she remained a faithful member until her passing.
Having no formal piano lessons, Lorean started playing at the tender age of 5 years old. She often spoke about how her mother would pump the organ (older style) so she could play it as she was too short to reach the pedals.
In 1957, Lorean married the late SGM (Retired) Junius I. Hardy where they made their home in Lawrenceville, Virginia and to this union, three daughters were born.
Lorean was known throughout the community as a Girl Scout Leader, Child Care Provider for a countless number of children, and a musician for several churches. She affectionately played for numerous churches until the age of 79. She was very musically inclined, loved to play the songs of Zion, and graciously accepted the call whenever she was needed to lend her God-given talent.
Mema showed everyone unconditional love. Her hospitality was matchless! She loved to cook and we will never forget her infamous coconut cake that filled the sweet tooth of many!!!
She was a humble, virtuous woman, extraordinary mother, exceptional grandmother, amazing great-grandmother, warm-hearted aunt and affectionate sister and devoted friend to all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, William, Matthew and Percy.
Mema leaves to cherish her memories and carry on her legacy; children Sandra Hardy, Regina Gordon and Marion Elder (Clifton) all of Lawrenceville; sisters Valerie Robinson, Carol Ramsey, Idella Richards, all of New York; Vera Moore, Georgia, and Gwendolyn McMillan, Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Brandon Hardy (Shaleta), Chesterfield, Virginia; Junius Gordon (Dina), Mesa, Arizona; John Jones, III (Tori), Henrico, Virginia; DaMarion Jones, Henrico, Virginia; and Jaden Elder, Blackstone, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Sophia Pervall, Bayley Hardy, Haleem Gordon, Raheem Gordon, Amira Gordon, Jace Jones and Jaiden Sledge; sisters-in-law Ada Nance, Brooklyn, New York and Edith Green, Baltimore Maryland; Uncle, Samuel Bennett, South Hill, Virginia; adopted son by love, Robbie Garnes, who learned how to play various gospel songs under her guidance; very special great-niece, Sherilya Hicks; granddogs, Kobi, Kenzi and Kai; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on August 1, 2020 at Browns Memorial Chapel with interment in the Hardy Family Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Browns Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.
“May the work she’s done speak for her….”