Kenai resident Terry Jo Hardcastle, 50, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from melanoma cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Kenai Christian Church, 104 McKinley Street in Kenai. Viewing will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Pastor Robert DeVolld will officiate.
Ms. Hardcastle was born Sept. 25, 1959, at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She moved to Kenai in 1973 with her parents, Ralph and Jennifer Lockhart and she graduated from Kenai Central High School. She had her first job at Redi Stop in Kenai and later moved to Anchorage, where she worked for Carr's Grocery Chain for many years.
In 1987, she moved to Jourdanton, Texas, to take care of her grandmother Hardcastle. She worked as a veterinary assistant in Pleasanton, Texas, for six years. She later worked as a photographer at the Pleasanton Express, which was her favorite job, doing ads and numerous things at the newspaper for many years.
In 2001, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and she and her son, Matthew, moved to Kenai, to be closer to her brother and sister, so they could help her when needed. She was a great artist and collector of Raggedy Ann dolls. She also belonged to the Raggedy Ann Society and kept in touch with numerous Raggedy Ann collectors.
Ms. Hardcastle was preceded in death by her father, Marvin "Jack" Hardcastle; grandparents, Buford W. and Ida Alene Hardcastle and Newton Lee.
She is survived by her son, Matthew K. Hardcastle Ussery of Kenai; grandmother, Ella Agnes Lee of Natalia, Texas; mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Ralph Lockhart of Forsyth, Mo.; sister, Tina J. (Hardcastle) Curtiss-O'Neill of Anchorage; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin Jack and Dana Hardcastle II of LaPorte, Texas, Duke W. and Dawn Marie Hardcastle of Soldotna; sister, Ann Lockhart Hall of Kenai; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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