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Mary Ruth Starling Hardy

December 12, 1937 June 23, 2019
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Obituary for Mary Ruth Starling Hardy

It is with sadness that I report the passing of my beloved Mary Ruth Starling Hardy on June 23,2019. She was born in Raleigh on December 12, 1937 to Homer Cortez Starling and Naomi Ruth Sikes Starling. Mary Ruth attended Underwood Elementary School and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1956. She always considered Raleigh her home.

She married Robert Cameron Cooke in 1961 and gave him 3 wonderful children: Mary Ruth
Faulkner, Robert Cameron Cook Jr. And Caroline Atkinson. As well as ten lovely grandchildren.Her marriage ended after 30 years.

I met Mary Ruth at Wrightsville Beach in the spring of 1953. We dated and corresponded for
several years. We resumed dating in 2002 following the death of my first wonderful wife.

Mary Ruth Starling was my first love and we married on September 6, 2003 in the chapel at
White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Her family grew and she became the loving stepmother
for Edwin M. “Sandy” Hardy, and Ann Robbins “Robin” Hardy. She also became the step
grandmother for Ira M. “Jesse” Hardy IV. We lived a wonderful and blessed life until her

Mary Ruth loved Carolina basketball but above all she loved the Lord Jesus Christ and Holy
Trinity Anglican Church. Contributions may be made to the church in her name.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity at 11 am on Friday, June 28th with burial of her
cremains in the Hardy grave site at Bath, NC following the church service. God bless all the
ones she left behind but Mary Ruth, bless her soul, is in a better place.

Ira M. Hardy II

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11:00 AM 6/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity

100 East Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Burial of cremains will follow at the Hardy grave site in Bath, NC.

Holy Trinity
100 East Peace Street Raleigh 27604 NC
United States

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