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Mary Lou Heiser Hardy, 88, of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Monday, June 20, 2016, at her home. She was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Garland, Kan., the daughter of Clarence S. and Fern D. (Boone) Snow. She married Robert G. Heiser Nov. 23, 1949, in Fort Scott, and he preceded her in death May 25, 1984. She later married William O. Hardy, and he preceded her in death July 23, 2010.

Mary Lou was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and was part of a square dance group. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts and an avid bridge player, playing with several different groups in both Fort Scott and Pleasanton, Kan. She loved gardening, reading and music, and always remembered her family’s birthdays. She loved spending time with her grand and great-grand kids.

Mary Lou is survived by her children, Sheilah Umphenour and husband Gary of Pleasanton, Susan Regan and husband Jim of Fort Scott, Jerry Heiser and wife Marsha of Prescott, Kan., and Tim Heiser and wife Terri, also of Fort Scott; a daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Heiser; a brother, Donald Snow of St. Clair, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepchildren and step-grandchildren who were very good to her.

In addition to her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Terry Heiser.


Rev. Steve Cole will conduct funeral services at the First United Methodist Church 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet at the church at 10 a.m. prior to services on Thursday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to Care to Share and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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