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Laura C Hardy (nee Whary) 52, passed away peacefully August 7th at JSUMC, Neptune NJ surrounded by close family, culminating a wonderful and fulfilling life of service on behalf of New Jersey’s endangered shore and woodland birds and plants. Her love of the outdoors was infectious, and her remarkable dedication to our state’s endangered shore birds such as the Piping Plover, lead her to important positions as a Lifetime Member and Program Monitor for the NJ Audubon Society, the Monmouth County NJ and Atlanta Georgia Audubon Societies, as well as volunteer posts with the Monmouth County Parks System and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum.

Laura was fond of gardening, taking great pride in caring for her African Violets and her black Labrador Retriever Blackberry. She received her Master Gardener certification from Rutgers University Cooperative Extension in 1999. She was also a talented nature photographer and authored the highly regarded blog “Somewhere in New Jersey.”

Back on dry land, Laura worked most recently as a Technical Account Manager for Yardi Systems Inc., and National Housing Compliance, Tucker GA, reporting on housing compliance. She also worked as a social worker for the Monmouth County Public Housing Authority and served as a Human Services Specialist, Bilingual, for Monmouth County Division of Social Services.

She was a gifted teacher at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Brookdale Community College and taught Spanish and Mathematics K-8 for Middletown Township and the Lavallette Boro schools.

Laura received her MA in Education from Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ in 1999, as well as a BA in Spanish, Cum Laude, from Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ in 1992. She graduated Raritan High School, Hazlet NJ in 1988.

Laura was predeceased by her parents Neil and Claire and her brothers Neil and Steven.

Laura is survived by her brother Kevin Whary, his wife Michele, Jackson, NJ, and her brother Brian Whary, his wife Jeanette Morris-Whary, Old Bridge, NJ. She is also survived by two beautiful nieces, Julia Toner, Howell, NJ and Elyse Whary, Jackson NJ.

A memorial service will be held at Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church, Shrewsbury NJ on Saturday, August 20th at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, all donations in her memory can be made to New Jersey Audubon Society. Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank, NJ has been entrusted with the arrangements.

“The Jersey Shore is the land in my bones. Set me in some other landscape, one of rolling hills, towering evergreen woodlands, or amid busy city streets and I’m reeling and disorientated, wondering from which direction the scent of saltwater will come.”

 

 

 

 

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