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Dianna Hardy - February 19, 2014


Dianna Lee Hardy—amazing wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend—lost her long and courageous 20-year battle with cancer on Feb. 19, 2014. She was born in Alliance, Neb., Oct. 28, 1951, to Norman E. Hardy and Edna Mae Schwaderer Hardy.

During her early childhood, the family moved quite often, finally settling in Holyoke when she was around age 9. She graduated from Holyoke High School.

Dianna always had big dreams and ambitious goals. She did not see herself settling down until she saw the world and checked all the items off her bucket list. She started working in the fourth grade in the family’s bakery, then later in the family’s café during her teenage years.

After high school, she opened a successful Montgomery Wards catalog store in Holyoke and eventually sold it and moved to Grand Junction. She continued with Montgomery Wards, traveling and assisting with the opening of new stores.

Dianna always dreamed of going to college, and in Grand Junction she completed her college education and became an accountant and CPA. She always said, “I want to work in a tall building and carry a briefcase.”

She did well in school, competing for and winning a coveted accounting job with a national accounting firm. This new and prestigious job took Dianna to Denver, where another lifelong dream of hers was about to begin—her family.

In line with the dream of having a family, Dianna met and later married Richard Harrison on March 30, 1991. Their beautiful daughter, Hilary, was born July 9, 1993. Dianna always said that if she had known how wonderful it was to be a mother, she would have started a lot earlier.

She lived every breathing moment and always strived to be the best mother possible. Richard, being from England, and her daughter’s dancing career took her to many faraway places. She wanted everyone to know she had been to “Constantinople,” Turkey.

Soon after Hilary was born, Dianna was diagnosed with cancer, but she continued working as an accountant and as a librarian in her daughter’s school until her illness forced her to retire. Dianna lived a full life, even during her last days. She was a character—bright, intelligent and quick-witted— and she will be missed.

Dianna was preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, Ben Taylor; and niece, Karie Jaycox.

Dianna is survived by her husband and daughter of Denver; mother- and father-in-law, Fred and Beatrice Harrison, who reside in England; brothers, Terry Taylor and wife Janie of Raton, N.M., Mike Hardy and wife Marsha of Loveland, and John Taylor of Loveland; sisters, Arlene Yauk and husband Moe of Loveland and and Sunni Musick and husband Michael of Melbourne, Fla.; brothers-in-law, David Harrison and wife Glenys of England and Jonathan Harrison and wife Carolyn of England; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Cremation has been conducted. A celebration of her life memorial service will be held Saturday, March 1 at noon at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland, CO 80538, with inurnment in the Loveland Burial Park Cemetery prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.