Priscilla Hardiman Obituary

February 27, 2013

in News,Obituaries

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Private services will be held for Priscilla L. Hardiman, 85, who died Feb. 17 at Bethesda Hospital East.
Priscilla was born in Lockport, N.Y., the daughter of Ruth F. and Howard W. Lerch.
Priscilla received her education at Skidmore College, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. in Studio Art. She worked at Williamson Associates in Rochester, NY as a commercial artist for Kodak, prior to her marriage to Charles V.V. Hardiman on June 30, 1951.
After building a house on Lake Ida, Priscilla along with her husband and family moved to Delray Beach, Fla. in 1957. During the past 56 years, Priscilla volunteered with the newly built Bethesda Hospital during the early years as a “Pink Lady” along with being a Cub Scout Mother for her son Murray’s troop.
Among other interests and activities over the years were travel, antiques, photography and interior design. But her real passion and training was in art. While watercolor was her primary medium, she also pursued ceramics and textiles, all of which she was recognized by her peers. Priscilla continued her training in watercolor, attending the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. During the course of her career, Priscilla studied under Alex Kortner, Delray Beach Art Center and Claire Dorst, Professor Emeritus of Art, Florida Atlantic University, among others. Her work appears in a published book, “Monhegan, the Artists Island.” Priscilla had major exhibitions in Delray Beach, Fla. Lockport, N.Y. and Woodstock. To this day, her works are represented in many private collections.
She is survived by her husband, Charles V.V. Hardiman of Delray Beach, Fla. and Woodstock; daughter, Anne H. Crothers and her husband George T. Crothers of Exeter, N.H.; sister Anne L. Sofronas of Vero Beach, Fla.; two nieces, Susan S. Tutino and Cynthia S. Ades; and two nephews, Bradford S. Sofronas and James F. Sofronas.
She was predeceased by a son, F. Murray Hardiman II.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 or Skidmore College Department of Art, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Please visit www.LorneandSons.com to send condolences and sign the register book.
Lorne and Sons Funeral Home, Delray Beach, Fla. in charge of arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 28, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.


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Brenda Blakeman-First Impressions Salon March 15, 2013 at 5:57 am

Mr. Hardiman &Ann–it was a sad day when we learned of Mrs . Hardimans passing, our hearts go out to you. She is a wonderful women. We always treasured spring and the arrival of the Hardiman’s to Woodstock. For over 20 years Mrs Hardiman was a part of our Thursday schedule, as her and Barbra Kaufman had lots to catch up on, Skidmore college , the events of the winter, the events of the children, and grandchildren, and Barbra, when can we do lunch? Mrs.Hardiman and Barbra have their own dryer chairs , This was more than getting her hair done, it was a gathering place to reunite with friend of Woodstock. She was a part of the salon and our community! Mrs Hardiman was so very excited when we moved to a new location–no more stairs, Yea! First Impressions proudly displays 2 of Mrs. Hardiman’s water colors, every time i look at them i smile and remember the imprint she has left on First Impressions and our community, she will be sadley missed, but grealtey admired!!!!Brenda Blakeman–First Impressions Salon

Marcy Cassady March 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Dear Charles and Anne:
I’m a bit behind in my reading here in Woodstock and just learned of your loss this evening though I fondly remember our times together with my parents, Tom & Connie (as well as Exeter, Anne). I still enjoy my “Twelve Days of Christmas” tape and happily remember the laughs we shared. While Connie & Tom’s home sold last April, I’m still returning (@ Shire) first half of March & September….
Thoughts and prayers,
Marcy Cassady

Dave & Diane Doubleday February 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

It was a pleasure for me to know Prscilla and to work for her and Charles on their home on Mt. Avenue. She was very kind to me and my workers. We have a beautiful watercolor she painted and I will always think of her when I look at it.

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