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Former Alaska resident Marlene Iverson Hardesty, 75, died Jan. 3, 2007, surrounded by her children and grandchildren in Grand Junction, Colo.
A funeral was Thursday at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction. A graveside service was at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, where Marlene was reunited with the love of her life, Bud Hardesty. Pallbearers included her children, Tanya Shepherd, Michael Hardesty, Steven Hardesty and Tamarah Hardesty; her brother, Hank Iverson; and her oldest grandson, Clinton Shepherd. A remembrance celebration of Marlene's life will be held by her children and grandchildren Saturday.
Marlene was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Manti, Utah, to Henry Gustave Iverson and Eva G. Allison Iverson.
She spent most of her childhood and early adult life in Alaska. She graduated from high school in Anchorage before attending the University of Southern California. After college, she returned to Alaska, where she enjoyed flying, hunting, competitive shooting and owning her own businesses. Alaska is also where she was reunited with her high school sweetheart, Burl Wayne ("B.W." and "Bud") Hardesty.
"Marlene and Bud Hardesty were married Oct. 28, 1957, in North Pole," her family wrote. "While in Alaska, they were co-owners of Hardesty Air Service and Flight School. Marlene and Bud shared 40 happy years of marriage before he passed away.
"Marlene enjoyed her life to the fullest and gave so much to others as wife, mother, friend, artist, pilot, traveler, animal lover, and adventurer. Her passion and spirit will continue to serve as an inspiration to all who have been fortunate enough to know her."
Marlene is survived by her children, Tanya Shepherd, Michael Hardesty, Steven Hardesty and Dr. Tamarah Hardesty, all of Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Hank Iverson of California.
Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, B.W. Hardesty, and her brother, Harry Iverson.
Donations may be sent to the Humane Society.
Friends who would like to send condolences may mail them to Hardesty family, P.O. Box 4664, Grand Junction, CO 81502.
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