Cameron, NC

Florence Collins Hardy, 96, passed away on Tuesday (July 25, 2017) at her home outside Cameron, NC.

A celebration of life will be held 12:00 pm Friday at Cameron Baptist Church. Burial will be held prior to the service at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford. The family will receive friends at her residence at 532 James H. Rd, Cameron, NC during their time of bereavement.

She was born on December 20, 1920, in Alexandria, VA to the late James Atlas Collins and Persie Haire Collins and resided most of her youth in Sanford, NC. She lived on James H. Road in Cameron, NC for the past 60 years. After rearing her family, she worked at the Moore County Library for 23 years, retiring in 1989. She enjoyed researching her family genealogy and sharing information with other genealogists.

Her love for books continued when she created the library at her church, Cameron Baptist. She was a faithful member of the WMU and her Sunday School class and will always be remembered by the beautiful hats she wore to church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Monroe Hardy, and her sister Betty Collins Brown.

She is survived by her daughters Rhonda Ennis and husband, Jerry of Lillington, NC, Jimmy Wallace and her husband, Tom of Wilmington, NC, Margaret Humphries and her husband, Philip of Raleigh, NC, and Cheryl Gilmore and her husband, Steven of Cameron, NC. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mark Ennis, Jim Wallace (Melissa), Brad Ennis (Tracey), Scott Wallace, John Humphries, Kenneth Gilmore (Karen), and Rebecca Piotrowski (Stephen) and nine great grandchildren.

Flowers are appreciated or gifts may be made to your charity of choice.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Hardy family.

Condolence may be made at

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  1. May you all feel our love and prayers surrounding you during these sad and difficult days. Mrs. Hardy was truly a special lady and she will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her.

  2. Cheryl and family, Please know that I have and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories you have of your Mother help heal your pain today and bring a smile to your hearts in the future. Love to you all.

  3. Ms Florence has been a blessing in our family’s lives for years. She touch 4 generations. God has taken one of the most beautiful angels home to heaven. Her service in the community and at church covered decades.

    Please know you are all in my praye

  4. Rhonda, so very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a lovely and gracious lady. Prayers for you and your sisters and all your family.

  5. Cheryl, your mother was a treasure to many. She was always doing thoughtful things for others. There is much to celebrate about her life. Hope to see you and your family at her celebration. God bless you and keep you close, and may He cradle you in His lo

  6. Florence Hardy was such a lovely, charming, sweet, kind,thoughtful and intelligent

    lady! I knew her through the Sandhill Regional Library System, as she worked

    in the Moore County Library. Maybe she had the prettiest hats, but her SHOES were a

  7. Dear Family,

    So sorry I was out of town and did not get to be a part of Ms Florence’s home going. She was a beautiful lady and one that I have admired for years. Always a sweet spirit and a smile where ever you saw her. She will be missed by

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