Edna Hardinger, 84 of Kansas City, formerly of Butler, Missouri passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Butler Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation. Private family burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Services will also be available virtually via Facebook Live and on mullinaxfuneralhome. com. Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009). Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Edna fought heart disease for many years prior to her death. Many believe she refused to succumb all those years in order to care for her husband, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. In the end, she was not strong enough to fight off the COVID-19 virus that has taken the lives of so many.
Edna and Charlie celebrated 50 years of marriage in December of 2019. They resided most recently at Independence Manor Care Center in Independence, Missouri. Though Coronavirus prevented us from enjoying face-to-face visits, we could see their happiness at being together during window visitation. Staff described them as a “cute couple” that would hold hands as they watched television together.
An avid reader, Edna always had a book on her coffee table or nightstand. Having worked as a legal professional, she was particularly fond of John Grisham and Scott Turow novels. Later in life, Edna’s love of reading led her to become a Bible scholar. She used this knowledge to the benefit of Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler, Missouri where she and Charlie were long-time members.
Always generous, Edna loved to help people. She was an excellent cook, known particularly for her canning skills which delivered Edna’s Famous Pickles; a delightful condiment in high demand among her friends and family. She was also a dedicated animal lover. Edna’s many pets enjoyed her deep affection and they returned that love warmly and often.
Edna’s capacity for love was shared among many friends and family over her eighty-four years. We will all remember her fondly and miss her deeply.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents Bruce and Maureen Hollar, and her brother Donald Hollar, all of Weston, Missouri. She is survived by husband Charles (Charlie) Hardinger, stepson Charles Hardinger, Jr. and dear friends Andrea & Scott Sheridan who have supported and loved Edna as a mother.