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Elaine Hardin


"Elaine Hardin"

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LAS VEGAS, Nev/HUNTINGTON – Sarah Elaine Murning Hardin (Lainie), age 70, passed away July 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. after a two year fight with a major illness.
She was born Sept 23, 1943 in Huntington, Utah, the second child of Peter Murning and Virginia Sherman Murning. She grew up on the Murning farm by Huntington and carried fond memories of time spent there with her sisters Karen and Ginny, and cousin Lannie Burnside. After the death of her father in a mining accident, the family relocated to Castle Dale but her heart was always in Huntington. Traveling daily with her step-father, Joseph Dee Howard (Papa Dee), to Huntington she graduated from North Emery High School in 1961.
She married Donald Dean Hardin on Aug. 30, 1968 in Elko, Nev. They resided in Salt Lake City until his death, Aug. 26, 2002. Together they traveled extensively throughout the country and Canada and shared many wonderful memories. After his death she moved to Las Vegas, Nev. to reside with her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia (Ginny) and Scott Wooden.
She graduated from LDS Business College, giving her the skills to begin a lifelong career as a Secretary/Administrative Assistant. Her career choice provided the opportunity to work with many different unions, as she was very pro-union throughout her lifetime. When the current Labor Center was built on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, a plaque in her honor was placed in the entrance, giving her a tremendous sense of accomplishment. A bench in her honor was placed outside an IBEW Union Office, in Salt Lake City, before her retirement from many years of service to the unions. One of her most memorable achievements was participating in a Union Solidarity March at the White House in Washington, DC, with her sister Ginny.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and faithfully served in all callings she received.
Although she never had children she was regarded as a “mother hen” to her family, and they affectionately gave her the nickname “Hennie”. Everyone turned to her for guidance, from her sisters to her beloved nephews and nieces and four step-children. She was happiest when giving advice, lending a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or just helping others. She had a knack for always giving everyone exactly what they needed. Her kindness, generosity and tremendous love will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her sisters: Karen Ward, Huntington; Virginia (Scott) Wooden, Las Vegas, Nev.; Shena (Albert) Rodriguez, Salt Lake City; Doris (Danny) Quinn, Castle Dale; step-children Timothy Hardin; Donald (Mona) Hardin; Julie Hardin; nieces and nephews whom she loved like her own children, Dana (Vic) Fossat, Price; Julie Ward; Michelle (Carlos) Hernandez, Huntington; Pete (Kim Wooden) Las Vegas, Nev.; Joey Sitterud; Kattie (Will Wood) Quinn, Helper; Travis (Kacie) Quinn, East Carbon; Megan Quinn, Laramie, Wyo. Also survived by 12 great-nephews and nieces; 7 great-great nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; step-father; brother, Marty Dee Howard; step-daughter, Drew Hardin; niece, Lynn Wooden-Fowler; and great-nephew, Sharidan Oviatt.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 1 p.m., Heritage Funeral Home, 620 N Main St, Huntington, Utah. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite union or charity. Friends may express their condolences and share memories of Lainie at heritagefuneralhomeutah.com.

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