Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Gladys Irene Saunders Hardister

Gladys Irene Saunders Hardister, 85, of Albemarle, NC, passed away Sunday August 4, 2019 in Atrium Health Pineville, NC. Her funeral service will be 2 PM Thursday August 8, 2019 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 Pm until 8 Pm at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle.

Gladys was born June 23, 1934 in Stanly County, NC and was the daughter of the late Jack Poe Saunders and Lavina Hall Saunders. She was a former employee of Allison Manufacturing. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hardister was preceded in death by her husband Donald Gray Hardister on February 24, 2019. She is survived by a son Donald Gray Hardister, Jr. (Pam) of Charlotte, NC; a brother John Saunders of Lenoir, NC; sister Diane Spiegler of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter Tracey Miller (Brett) of Fletcher, NC and four great-grandchildren, Angela, Kay, Shelby and Dustin.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Hardister Family.                    

3 Comments

  • Joe Ann McCommons Huneycutt Posted August 5, 2019 2:49 pm

    Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your sisters passing. All of you are in our prayers during this time.

  • Patricia Scheller Posted August 5, 2019 4:35 pm

    rest in peace my dearest friend I love u since the day I met you, u were my idol ,my teacher of being a listener, and how to present myself, I will never forget u ,!!!!

  • Angela Harwood Posted August 5, 2019 4:47 pm

    IT’S BEEN A BLESSING TO HAVE KNOWN SUCH A SWEET, KIND, CARING AND LOVING LADY IN WHOM I CALL GRANDMA! WE’VE BEEN THROUGH AND MADE SO MANY MEMORIES TOGETHER, GRANDMA LOWDER, JERRY, MYRA, CATHY, AND GRANDMA HARDISTER THEY WERE THE GOLDEN GIRLS, THEY WOULD JOKE ABOUT TEACHING ME TO BE A GOLDEN GIRL ONE DAY. WE’D DRINK COFFE, EAT CAKE AND COOKIES, LAUGH, SING, WATCH TV DO CRAFTS, AND SEW. MY HEART IS SADEN BUT AT THE SAME TIME I KNOW GRANDMA’S RIGHT WHERE SHE WANTS TO BE, WITH GRANDPA AND GRAY AND SO MANY OTHER’S SHE LOVED AND MISSED ESPECIALLY JESUS!! I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT AN ANGEL SHE IS AND NOW WITH WINGS. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY, YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS 🙏 🙏 MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. LOVE & MISS YOU GRANDMA FLY HIGH!!

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