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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