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LA PLATA, MD - Alma Lou Hardin, known affectionately as "Mama Lou" passed away peacefully on Sunday August 20,2017, at Sagepoint in LaPlata. Born in Beaver Dam, KY on Dec 7, 1927 to Elbert and Nannie Shively, she had lived most of her almost 90 years in her beloved Kentucky and was proud she never lost her accent!

She is survived by her children, Nancy Hardin Gasparovic of Fredericksburg, VA; Danny Hardin (Gail) of Glasgow, KY; and son, Steven Hardin of Indian Head, MD. Also survived by her loving grandchildren and great grandchildren: Douglas Hardin (Holli) of Georgetown, KY; Shannon Gasparovic Christianson (Mark) and their children, Sutton and Sloane, of Tualatin, OR; Ladd Gasparovic (Stephanie) and their children, Milena and Mats of Wilmington, NC. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Leslie and Darlene Shively as well as her husband, Douglas.

In 1946 she met Douglas Hardin, a soldier just returned from the war, and after a 6 week courtship were married and lived their almost 30 years together in Beech Creek, KY, a small coal mining town depicted in "Sixteen Tons." A very active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church for almost 40 years, she served alongside her husband who was a deacon, and together they were involved in all facets of the ministry. She was also active member of Park Avenue Baptist, Madisonville, Ky and Indian Head Baptist in MD during years she lived there.

Alma delighted in taking care of people wherever she saw a need, especially children and elderly. She was volunteer for Hospice, Laubach Adult Literacy, 4-H, Red Cross, and many others. She loved teaching bible studies, aerobics, fitness, crafts, cooking and numerous courses at her senior centers and churches throughout the years. She also worked as Extension Assistant in the University of KY Extension Dept for 5 years in Madisonville teaching Expanded Food and Nutrition to needy families.

She had a zest for life, an infectious laugh, and often a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Other varied interests included dancing, bicycling, roller skating, painting, needlework, listening to gospel music, and traveling which in later years took her across the country to visit her "beloved great grands!"

Other than her family, she was most proud of the times she served as a missionary under the Home Mission Board of the SBC. Those included a year in Tulsa, OK ministering to battered women in a homeless shelter and counselor at Berea College.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 2:00PM at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Drakesboro, with Rev. Scott Casebier officiating. Burial in Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday after 1:00PM at the church. There will be a luncheon at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday following the burial. Memorial contributions can be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1 Merle Travis Way, Drakesboro, KY 42337. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at