Violet L. Hardin, 92

Violet L. Hardin, 92, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:43 a.m. Dec. 20, 2012, at OtterbeinCridersville.

She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Auglaize County, to Violet L. (Kohlhorst) and Raymond I. Coates who preceded her in death.  On Aug. 2, 1941, she married Paul R. Hardin and he passed away Nov. 4, 1980.

She is survived by a son, Miles W. Hardin, of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Jamie (John) Kolley, of Homosassa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Vijay) Ragavan, Thomas (Kim) Hardin, Alicia Marinich, and Jillena (Randy) Conaway; three great-grandchildren,  Wesley Hardin, and Cassandra and McKenna Marinich; two sisters,  Ruth Lee and Wilma Neal; and a brother, Gordon Coates.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Coates; and a sister, Gatha Ward.

Violet was a 1938 graduate of New Hampshire High School.  She then attended Business College in Columbus.  While employed at the Heisey Glass Company in Newark, she and her husband, Paul, were married.  Paul was a career military officer in which gave her an opportunity to visit and live in many parts of the world.  While she was living in other parts of the world and the United States she was a very active volunteer.  When Violet returned to Auglaize County to live she was very active in many social, civic, service, religious, and community organizations such as, the Auglaize County Visiting Nurses Association, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, St. Rita’s Development Council, YMCA, Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation, God’s Store House, Soroptomist Club, Woman’s Club, Helen Hunt Club, numerous organizations within the First United Methodist Church, Auglaize  County Historical Society, Republican Woman’s Club, Sister Cities Organization, and the Wapakoneta Country Club.  In 2006, she was named YMCA Volunteer of the Year, and in 2007 she was named Senior Citizen of the Year.

Private funeral services are to be held at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta.  Burial is to be in Fairmount Cemetery, Uniopolis, with the Rev. Philip Chilcote to officiate.  

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation.

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