Nancy Hardie-Nylin died on July 21 in Condon.
She was born on Aug. 1, 1947, in The Dalles to Bill and Donna (Klindt) Hardie.
When she was a baby, Hardie-Nylin lived on the family wheat ranch at Trailfork, 14 miles southeast of Condon. She then spent two years in the Phillipines, where her dad and great-uncle started a dairy.
After two years overseas, the family returned to the family ranch, and Hardie-Nylin’s three siblings were born. Her childhood was busy as she cleaned house, cooked, was often in charge of her younger siblings and tended livestock. Her family was her number-one priority.
Over the years she invited many friends to the ranch — college friends, co-workers and students. She was proud to show off her ranch home and her family.
She graduated from Condon High School in 1965, and attended Oregon State University. She later transferred to Marylhurst College for two years, and then returned to Oregon State to receive a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970.
Hardie-Nylin’s career in education started at the Christie School near Lake Oswego, and continued to The Dalles, Crane, Redmond, Burns, Goldendale, Wash., and finally to White Salmon, Wash.
She received a master of science in counseling in 1982, and went on to earn the National Certified Counselor award in 1984. While teaching in Burns she was involved in organizing the Special Olympics in the area and was active at the state level. She also organized Head Start and child care programs at Burns High School. Her commitment to her work earned Hardie-Nylin the Harney County Educator of the Year award in 1985.
After marrying Ken Nylin at the Lonerock Church in 1993, she sold real estate for several years. She also helped her husband finish the inside work on his house near Mt. Adams.
Hardie-Nylin is survived by her father, Bill Hardie; step-mother, Anne Hardie; sisters, Suzanne Hyde and husband Robbie, and Georgia VanWinkle and husband Jim; brother, John Hardie; step-son, Gary Nylin; and mother-in-law, Betsy Nylin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; mother, Donna, and uncle, Earl Hardie.
A graveside service was held on July 26, at the Condon Cemetery.