Funeral services for Eldora Hardy, 94 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Thursday night at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Friday April 27th at 2:00 p.m. Central Time at the Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine, Nebraska. Interment will be in the Seneca Cemetery with graveside services to be held at 2:00 p.m. Mountain time. Donations in Mrs. Hardy’s memory may be made to the Seneca Cemetery in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Eldora Mae Hardy was born Feb. 7, 1924 the second child to A.P. and Mae Miles of Brownlee, Nebraska. She joined her brother Lester at home in a sod house and together they welcomed three more brothers and a sister. Always a closeknit family they enjoyed growing up on a ranch. They survived the 1930’s depending on each other, even stacking cow chips for fuel on a Saturday afternoon, before going on a family picnic. Later the family moved into a “big” frame house where they would have room for their growing family. Eldora and her siblings attended Brownlee school from grade school through her 9th grade year, riding back and forth to school on horseback. She attended Thedford until her graduation in 1941. At 17 years of age she decided to follow her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She then took the required testing for a teacher and became the school teacher of the Brownlee school, residing with her parents for two years. During those two years she taught her brothers Sam and Bernard as well as the neighbor boys, Wayne and Albert Hardy.
In 1945 she hung up her teachers bell and became a housewife to Raymond Burton Hardy working for local ranchers in Seneca and later moving to the “Dismal Ranch” in the early 1960’s. She and Burton had two children Robert (Bobby), and Sandra. She had Bobby during the 1949 blizzard and Sandra in July of 1951. They lived happily as a family until 1968 when Burton was killed in a horse accident. Thirteen months later Bobby died of a sudden heart attack. When Sandra graduated from high school in 1969 she and Eldora moved to Chadron State College where Eldora pursued and obtained a BS in Library Science. 1972 was a hard year for the now single Librarian as her father A.P passed away and her daughter Sandra married Bob Perry of Kaycee WY. She always said ” I graduated from college, buried my father and married off my daughter in 1972.”
Eldora taught and worked in Gering as well as Valentine NE. She moved to Buffalo, WY in 1984 to be closer to her daughter, son in-law and two granddaughters, Stacie and Tammie.
Eldora Mae Miles was noted for her kind smile, sassy wit, love of family and she always enjoyed a good visit with family or friends. She passed away at Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo WY on April 19, 2018 surrounded by family. Many loved ones have gone before, and many loved ones are left to mourn.
Eldora is survived by her daughter Sandi (Sandra) Hardy Perry and her husband Robert (Bob) Perry of Buffalo, WY, granddaughters Stacie Perry Gibson (Doug) of Casper, WY and Tammie Perry Neville (Brad) of Kaycee, WY. She is also survived by great-grandsons Ian, Payton and Brady Gibson of Casper, WY and Kade, Zane and Ace Neville of Kaycee, WY; a sister, Merle Marie Miles Melcher of Fairbury, NE; brothers Bernard (Lovella) Miles and Sam (Charlotte) Miles of Valentine NE; brother-in-law Larry (Nina) Hardy of Seneca, NE; sisters-in-law Marjorie Hardy, Rose and Kathleen Miles. There are also many nieces, nephews and friends left to mourn. Preceding her in death besides her parents, husband, and son are brothers Lester and Robert Miles, brothers-in-law Jim Melcher, John Hardy and Rob Hardy, nephew Jeff Hardy, and sisters-in-law Alberta Miles and Judy Hardy.