Our mother, Geraldine Bowling Fuson Hardgrove, age 99, passed from this world on January 27, 2024, after a week of rapidly failing health. She was born in Corbin, Kentucky on May 5, 1924, to Mollie Pemberton and David Grant Bowling, who preceded her in death.
Gerry lived a rich and full life. She married her high school sweetheart, Raymond L. Fuson, but shortly thereafter was widowed when he was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
After World War II, she left Corbin for Washington D.C., where she accepted a secretarial position at the Pentagon. While working there, she met her future husband, Everett Arnold Hardgrove, Jr. (Jack), an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. They married in 1950 and traveled the world with their young family until he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1964.
Gerry and Jack continued to move about the South, Midwest, and Southwest while adjusting to civilian life. They finally settled in Austin Texas where they lived until Jack passed away in 2006.
While living in Texas, Gerry accrued over 30,000 volunteer hours at St. David’s Ascension Hospital. She stopped her volunteering “job” to care for her husband. Following Jack’s death in 2006 she returned to Indianapolis to be closer to her adult children.
Gerry lived independently in Robin Run Senior Village until January 2023, when she was hospitalized, then moved into Robin Run Assisted Living where she lived the remainder of her life.
Gerry was preceded in death by her husband Everett A. Hardgrove, Jr, her sisters Jackie Bowling Keck, and Peggy Bowling Hutson, her brother Marvin Wayne Bowling, and her beloved son-in-law James Dickison. She is survived by her brother, James Bowling, daughters Carol Dickison, and Sally Ann Hardgrove (James Ronald Newlin), grandchildren Sarah Elizabeth Dickison, Michael Everett Dickison (Danielle Poe Dickison), Jessica H. Newlin, Grace E. Newlin, Robert Grant Hardgrove Newlin, and great-grandchildren Kywaun, Jayden, Carmen Sue, Carter, Claire Rose, Londyn, and many nephews and nieces and their families.
An Indianapolis Celebration of Life will be held February 10 at 1 p.m., at Common Ground Christian Church West. Her cremains will be interred in a family plot in Corbin, Kentucky at a graveside service later in the spring.
We would like to thank the loving staff of Robin Run Village - Assisted Living, Village Medical, and Luminary Hospice who all cared for Mom's mental and physical needs, and Trinity Episcopal Church which helped care for Mom’s spiritual needs this last year.
“May her soul and the soul of all the departed rest in God's peace."
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner Buchanan-Washington Park North