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Mona Mazon HardyJune 6, 1946 ~ July 2, 2017 (age 71)
Mona died peacefully at home on July 2, after a brief battle with pancreatic
Mona was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on June 6, 1946, the only child of
Ysidro (Bob) and Jean Peyton Mazon. She attended Christian County High School,
received a master’s degree in education from George Peabody College in Nashville,
Tennessee, and was recruited in 1969 to teach in Southern California.
Mona met Dick in Los Angeles in 1979 and they married in 1984. They retired to
Vashon and their first home in Glen Acres in 1991, knowing no one on the island. They
later agreed it was the best decision they had ever made. In 2003 they moved “all the
way beyond Dockton” to Piner Point.
Mona was sure about two things when she was growing up: she didn’t want any
children and she wanted to teach. It was obvious to anyone who knew her that she
loved kids—she just wanted to give them back. Her genius at teaching emerged first in
junior and senior high school classrooms and later, even more effectively, as a Weight
Watchers leader, first in Southern California and later on Vashon, in West Seattle and in
Tacoma. Mona had the gift of inspiration, but never realized what magic she was
creating for her listeners!
Mona loved to travel: starting in the late ’70s, she and Dick began traveling the
world. She would happily go anywhere, anytime. She loved golf (although it always
frustrated her) and fought hard for every nickel at Thursday Mah Jongg at the golf club.
She was an avid Zumba dancer and when not able to do that would walk up and down
Dockton Hill. She was an officer of the Island chapters of Arboretum, Ryther, and the
Women’s Club at VIGSC. She was also an avid reader and book club member. Mona
volunteered for many projects: she was a strong supporter and early volunteer at the
DOVE domestic violence project, wrote members’ biographies for the Senior Center
newsletter, and worked hard on many other worthy causes. She had a wide circle of
friends and admirers, centering on the “ladies’ lunch bunch” and spreading far
throughout the island and beyond.
Mona is survived by her husband Richard D. (Dick) Hardy, stepdaughters Janet
W. Hardy (Edward Goehring) and Andrea Hardy Ihara (Beth Gordon), grandchildren
Miles Taber, Ben Taber, Jacob Ihara and Naomi Ihara Elliott, and her much-adored
great-grand-twins Hudson and Lyla Elliott and Jensen and Marin Elliott.
Even though it would have embarrassed her, there will be a Celebration of
Mona’s life from 1 to 3 on Sunday, August 27 at Vashon Golf and Swim Club.