Mary Evelyn Hardin Tindall

December 10, 1917 - July 7, 2012
Mary Evelyn Hardin Tindall

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Mary Evelyn (Hardin) Tindall, died on Saturday, July 07, 2012 at Carolina Village, she was 95. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 10am on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

Mary Hardin was born on December 10, 1917 in Battlefield, Missouri. The summer after her high school graduation (1934), she and seven friends raised $150 and formed the Springfield Little Theater repertory company. In its 67th season (2011), the Springfield Little Theater performed nine shows to 70,000 patrons.

She graduated from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (1937), at the age of 20, and taught high school English in Stockton, MO. In 1940, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

She married Bob Tindall in 1941 and traveled with him as he prepared for active duty as an Army officer in World War II. From 1946-53 she lived in Copenhagen and Paris where Bob served as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department.

Returning to the U.S., the family moved to Arlington Heights, IL where Mary immediately became active in the Village Theater. She starred in and directed many productions over the next 25 years before joining Judson College in Elgin, IL as head of the Theater Department.

She was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights as a Deacon, Elder and Interim Director of Christian Education.

Mary and Bob retired to Hendersonville in 1979. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church Womenís Club and Covenant Group.

She is survived by her sons, Jim and Rick; her daughter, Marcia; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Saturday, August 11, 2012
12:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville - Directions
699 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • July 08, 2012
    Janet Ruff Gover says:
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I am a BRCC clinical instructor for the nursing program and we come to Carolina Village. It was our joy to help care for Mary while we were there. She always had a smile on her face and enjoyed telling all of us about you. All of us will miss her smile and sweet spirit. Again, thank you for sharing Mary with us. Janet Gover, RN

  • July 08, 2012
    Chaplain Don Taws says:
    Dear Family, I knew Mary for some years at Carolina Village, in our Bible class on Thursdays, and then in the Care Center until she was transferred to the Med. Center. A sweet lady, and a strong Christian, and I enjoyed talking with her and praying with her. I will miss her cheerful smile. Don Taws

  • July 09, 2012
    John Maier says:
    To Mary'sFamily,my deepest sympathy.Thank you for letting me share time with both Mary and your Dad Bob at Carolina Village even tho it was only for a few years.I feel a wonderful friendship was developed.Mary, although you will be missed,I take comfortin knowing you are at rest with the love of your life..Bob....God Bless

  • July 09, 2012
    Victoria Mathis says:
    One of the sweetest women I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace with your beloved Bob.

  • July 13, 2012
    Community Foundation of Henderson County says:
    The staff of the Community Foundation of Henderson County extends condolences to the family of Mary Tindall.