Ora Houtz Hardy turn­ing 100 years old on May 10

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Ora Marie Houtz was born in Provo, Utah, on May 10, 1916, to Ira Houtz and Mary Ellen Wal­ton. She was the sec­ond el­dest of eight sib­lings and grew up on a farm dur­ing the Great Depression. She grad­u­ated from Brigham Young High School in 1934. Ora mar­ried the love of her life, Don Hardy, in 1935, and with jobs be­ing scarce, they moved to Los An­ge­les, Calif., when a rel­a­tive of­fered Don em­ploy­ment.

Ora found a job work­ing in Hol­ly­wood at the Owl Drug Store. When World War II and the draft started, she be­gan work­ing for the Selec­tive Ser­vice where she reg­is­tered and pro­cessed hun­dreds of young men for mil­i­tary duty. When the war ended in 1945, she tran­si­tioned into a job as a union ne­go­tia­tor for FMC Cor­po­ra­tion, hold­ing that po­si­tion for 30 years. Al­though Ora and Don didn’t have chil­dren, Ora helped to raise her younger sib­lings, of­fer­ing help in times of need and ill­ness.

Don died in 1967. Ora re­tired in 1975 and re­turned home to Utah to live in Springville, where she still re­sides to­day in the same home. She be­gan a new chap­ter in her life, trav­el­ing the world with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions. And boy did she travel, spend­ing her 50s into her 90s ex­plor­ing the world, in­clud­ing trips to Hawaii, Eng­land, Scotland, France, Italy, Is­rael, Ger­many, Switzerland, the Nether­lands, Swe­den, Nor­way, Den­mark, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Fiji, China, Ja­pan, Hong Kong, Thai­land, Ma­cau, Sin­ga­pore, Tai­wan, Greece, Turkey, Mex­ico, the Panama Canal and Egypt, where she rode a camel to the pyra­mids in Giza.

Ora Marie Hardy is a beloved pil­lar of her community. She is a mem­ber of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints and she at­tends church ev­ery Sun­day. She has been blessed with good health and is “Aunt Ora” to dozens of nieces and neph­ews. She is a gen­er­ous donor to the Pri­mary Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Salt Lake City and to the VFW.

A gath­er­ing will take place in Springville at the Hob­ble Creek Stake Pavil­ion, 495 S. Canyon Rd., on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friends and fam­ily are in­vited to this open house cel­e­bra­tion to mark her mile­stone 100th birth­day.

Ora Hardy

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