WASH­ING­TON, Martha Grace Hardy,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERIN­G -

of Rich­mond, Virginia, 79, passed away at Me­mo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness on May 30, 2020. She was pre­ceded in death by her lov­ing hus­band, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Joseph Al­fred Wash­ing­ton; her par­ents, Alice Cal­houn and Ralph Moss Hardy Sr.; and her brother, Ralph Moss Hardy Jr. "Buddy," all of Selma, Alabama.

She was born May 3, 1941 and raised in Selma, Alabama. She grad­u­ated from Al­bert G. Parrish High School and at­tended the Univer­sity of Alabama. She wor­shiped at Shiloh Bap­tist Church, where she started play­ing the pi­ano at age 12. She be­came the first or­gan­ist at Shiloh and con­tin­ued to be ac­tive in mu­sic min­istry through­out her life, most re­cently play­ing the hand­bells and pi­ano at Rich­mond’s First Bap­tist Church, where she was an ac­tive mem­ber. She loved her church and was a mem­ber of sev­eral women’s groups, in­clud­ing Book Club.

Martha Grace met her hus­band, Al, dur­ing the time he was a flight in­struc­tor at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama. They mar­ried on Au­gust 4, 1962. In 1965, Al was trans­ferred to the Virginia Air Na­tional Guard and they made their home in Rich­mond. They were mar­ried for 57 years at the time of his death,

De­cem­ber 28, 2019. She com­mented at this time that she had lost her best friend and love of her life.

She was a de­voted wife, mother, grand­mother, daugh­ter, sis­ter and friend. She loved invit­ing peo­ple into her home, en­ter­tain­ing, read­ing, cook­ing, gar­den­ing, plant­ing flow­ers and most of all, be­ing with her fam­ily. Martha Grace had an en­dear­ment for the ocean and spend­ing time with her fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was one of her great­est joys. She loved walk­ing on the beach look­ing for sea glass and over the years gath­ered a beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion. The beach made her feel all was well with her soul.

Martha Grace is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Alice

Hardy Wash­ing­ton Mitchell; her son-in-law, Kevin Lee Mitchell; her son, Wil­liam Brian Wash­ing­ton and his fi­ancee, Jen­nifer Lee Davis; and her beloved grand­daugh­ter, Grace Ann Mitchell, all of Rich­mond. She is also sur­vived by her sis­ter, Alice Hardy Payne of Auburn, Ala.; and sis­ters-in­law, Kathryn Mayo Hardy of Selma, Ala., Mary El­iz­a­beth Wash­ing­ton of Boykins, Va. and Martha Ann Wash­ing­ton Wright

(Bobby) of Ch­e­sa­peake, Va. Re­main­ing sur­vivors are many lov­ing nieces, neph­ews, cousins and a host of ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

A grave­side ser­vice will take place Satur­day, June 6, 2020, at 2 p.m., for im­me­di­ate fam­ily presided over by Dr. James Somerville at Hol­ly­wood Ceme­tery. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Rich­mond’s First Bap­tist Church, 2709 Mon­u­ment Ave., Rich­mond, Va. 23220, www.fbcrich­mond.org. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.nelsen­rich­mond.com.

"In­treat me not to leave thee, or to re­turn from fol­low­ing af­ter thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy peo­ple shall be my peo­ple, and thy God my God." Ruth 1:16

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