Edith Gould Hardy
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.“ Proverbs 31:29
Edith Hardy, known as Edie, went gracefully home on April 5, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth in the presence of her loving and beloved daughter, Beth and granddaughters, Rebecca and Emma.
Edie was born on March 1, 1920 at home in Orleans to Willis S. Gould, Sr. and Mary F. M. Bard Gould. She grew up with her brother, the late Willis S. Gould Jr, in Orleans and graduated from the Orleans school system.
Accepted to Juilliard School for piano, she declined in favor of love and Cape Cod life. In 1938, following her graduation, she married James Hawes Hardy of Chatham. They were married for 60 years until Jim’s death in 1999.
Her primary career was as homemaker and helpmate to her husband, and beloved mother to their daughter, Beth. She worked from home tracking his charter boat parties and she could be found at the Chatham Fish Pier almost daily with a fresh thermos of coffee and snacks for Captain Jim as he pulled into the dock.
Edie was one of the founding members of the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. She was a founding member of the Chatham Baptist Church (now Redemption Rock Church). A gifted pianist, her music and healing ministry brought comfort to countless nursing home residents and church congregations. She played the piano at the hospital the day before she died! Like her parents, she was an artist known for her Cape Cod seascapes which grace many a home near and far.
A wise and realistic woman whose advice was grounded in her love for Jesus, she became a spiritual mother or grandmother to many. Her faith was manifested in her caring nature, her capacity for forgiveness and her desire to draw others close to Him.
Edie is survived by a large, blended family. Daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Hardy Wade (Tim Wade); grandchildren Rebecca Ready (Shawn Hobek) and Emma Sparrow; step grandchildren Ashley Wade (Olin Johannessen), Jen Wilkes, and Katie, Nick & Christian Sparrow; great grandchildren William, Easa and Amos; Nieces/Nephews Marsha Gould West, Timm (Kathy) and Jay (Lavly) Gould; Jane Roiter (Bill), and Chip Hardy (Mania); and friends and former sons-in-law Jim Ready, Art Sparrow.
She was predeceased by: Her husband Jim, her mother, father and brother, beloved in-laws, Bob and Ann Hardy, Helen Gould-Jones, and her grandchildren, Jamie Ready and Jill Sparrow.
A service to celebrate Edie’s life will be held at The Redemption Rock Church in South Chatham on Saturday May 12 at 10 A.M. Brunch to follow. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent to: Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit, Beth-Israel/Jordan Hospital; Attn: Barbara for Edith Hardy Music Therapy Fund,275 Sandwich St. Plymouth, MA 02360.