Ella Hardy

Visitation

Greenidge Funeral Home 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City NJ US 08401 Friday, May 28, 2010, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Services

Greenidge Funeral Home 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City NJ US 08401 Friday, May 28, 2010, 11:00 am

Cemetery

Atlantic City Cemetery Pleasantville NJ US 08232 Friday, May 28, 2010

Obituary of Ella Lee Hardy

Ella Hardy was born Ella Lee Jerry on September 9, 1926, in Tellevast, Florida, to the late Mr. John Jerry and Mrs. Rosa Jerry (nee Coleman). Bert, as she was affectionately known, was loved beyond compare. She attended the Booker T. Washington School in Florida and later attended Camden Community College in New Jersey. In 1942, Ella was joined in holy matrimony to the late Alonzo Roberts. From this union, they shared two daughters; Ella (Sugar) and Yvonne (Vonnie). Some years later, in 1944, Ella and Alonzo relocated north to Atlantic City, New Jersey. She enjoyed a close relationship with her daughters and talked to them daily lending a listening ear and advice upon request. Ella married Portress Hardy, Sr., on July 25, 1960, and from this union one child, Portress Hardy, Jr., was born. Ella and her family continued to reside in Atlantic City. Each of her children went on to be productive citizens of whom she was very proud. Ella spoke highly and often of her relationship with her children and lived her last days with "Sugar" who provided her with kind and compassionate care. During her life, Ella touched many lives as she worked as a manager within the ATlantic City Public Schools. During her 32 year tenure, Ella worked at the Atlantic City High School, Central Junior High, New Jersey Avenue School, and completed her career at the Uptown Complex. Many students and professionals enjoyed her warm smile and fondly donned her the title of "Mama Hardy" which resonated throughout the community. Among those cultivated relationships, she adopted Mr. Marven Hill and his wife, Devolia, Roberto and Danielle Nieves as her children. No relationship was ever lost with Ella. Once adopted, she loved you as her own...for life. Until her last breath, she adored her former son-in-law, George Burral Smith, Sr., and his wife, Carol. Whenever she called, George, Marven and Roberto answered her call with respect and all deliberate speed. They knew that she expected no less and they always gave her their best, just as she gave them. The highlight of Ella's life was the gift of grandchildren. Oh, how she loved her "Cheese Doodle" George. On the day of his wedding, her face beamed with pride and joy as she welcomed in another grandchild - Rose. In 1998 and 2000, Ella had the privilege of additing two more to her fold with the additions of Simmone and Seth. She had a way of "making over" their pictures, cards and phone calls with her ever present "Oh, my Babies." Each grandchild held a special place in Grandma's heart and could feel the love with each hug and her "kisses across the miles." She is survived by her husband, Portress Hardy, Sr.; two daughters, Ella Roberts-Francis and Yvonne Roberts-Smith; one son, Portress Hardy, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Tonya Hardy; grandchildren, George B. Smith, II, and his wife, Rose, Simmoone and Seth Hardy; sister, Naomi Shaw of Sarasota, Florida; brother, John Jerry of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Easter Jerry; nieces, Diane Green, Sheila Johnson, Rosa Davis, Gail Bittle; nephews, Willie Charles and wife Juanita Shaw, and Bruce and Queen Esther Shaw, Elbert, John, and LeRoy Clark. In addition, Ella was beloved by a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
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