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Dorothy Lucille Hardin

November 15, 1919 — March 10, 2022

Dorothy Lucille (Kimble) Hardin met her heavenly family on March 10, 2022 at the age of 102 years old. She was born on November 15, 1919 to Lloyd Kimble and Dollie Hendrix Kimble in Delphi, Indiana. Her mother passed early in Dorothy's life, she was raised by her father with 5 siblings, including Lyle, Monty, Orlie, Harold, and Ethel. All of them passing before Dorothy.She married Edd Hardin on October 5th 1940 in Kentucky, and they had one son W. Edward "Eddie" Hardin. Edd, Eddie and Eddie's wife Cheryl all pre-deceased Dorothy and greeted her as she made her final journey from this earth.Dorothy was a storyteller and loved to share the memories of her life with Edd and Eddie. She married Edd Hardin during one of the most challenging economic times. They didn't have the money to pay for the marriage license, so they crossed the state line into Kentucky to avoid paying the $3 as Dorothy would tell. Edd eventually became a builder of dams and traveled the world, sometimes with Dorothy and Eddie in tow. She was most fond of memories she had while Edd was building the Yellowtail Dam in Montana and the time she spent with her brother in the Missouri Breaks.Dorothy and Edd came to Paradise Valley in the early 1960s when Edd felt it was time for them to find a place they could call home. They made their way to Paradise Valley and bought a ranch on Elbow Creek that belonged to Charlie and Olive Kauffman. Charlie had passed and it was time for Olive to have a simpler life. Dorothy and Edd appeared at just the right time to purchase the ranch. What started as a purchase turned into a life-long friendship with Olive that Dorothy always cherished.Her first winter in Montana was a hard one. The snow was so deep they couldn't get off the ranch for 6 weeks. She and Edd learned the hard way that snowshoes and snowmobiles were essential tools if they were going to be ranchers in Montana. They were able to survive their first winter and many winters after that one. Dorothy and Edd owned and worked the ranch until they sold it in 1989. Her later years were spent looking at the mountains of Paradise Valley, a place she fell in love with in the 1960s and never forgot.Dorothy had a very full life and is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and many friends she made along the way. She will be sorely missed by all.If you want to honor Dorothy, her family and friends ask that you make a contribution to the Shriner's Hospital at https://lovetotherescue.org/ .Burial will take place at Shorthill Cemetery in Paradise Valley. We will meet at the cemetery Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 A.M. to honor her with a brief blessing.Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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