TILTON — Clara G. Hardy, 91, a longtime resident of Tilton died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a period of failing health. Clara was born in the Bronx, N.Y., January 5, 1922, daughter of Henry and Katherine (Schleimer) Staplefield. Clara spent her youth in the Bronx, graduating from high school there. She with her family summered in the Tilton area for several years before moving here permanently in 1966. For a time before her marriage, she was employed with Metropolitan Life in New York, later in sales with the Macy Department Store. After moving to Tilton she worked as a housekeeper with several area families. For several years she worked in food service at the local middle school. Clara was active with her greenhouses and growing flowers. She was a member of the NH Plant Growers Association. For several years Clara was a member of the Tilton-Northfield Garden Club, serving as treasurer and secretary. She was also active with the former Winnisquam Vitalization Committee. An Episcopalian, Clara was a longtime member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton. She was predeceased by her husband, E. Robert Hardy in 1983, a grandson, Kevin Conolly and her niece Kathy Hallow-Goguen.
She leaves her daughter, Clara E. Lynde of Bernardston, MA; son Robert E. Hardy of Tilton; great-granddaughter Tristen Conolly of Bernardston, MA.
Calling hours will be held Friday, November 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A service will be held Saturday, November 2nd at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Home with burial following in Park Cemetery in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in Clara's name to the E. Robert Hardy Scholarship Fund, at any Franklin Savings Bank Branch.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com