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Betty Nagle (Davis) Hardiman, 90, of Stamford, died suddenly at home November 21. She was born in Stamford on June 10, 1926, the daughter of Harold and Anne Lowe Nagle.

Her seven children and their spouses, Rev Deacon Thomas and Joanne Davis of Newtown, Patricia and Michael Parry, Anne and Jim Goebel, Sharon Davis, Maureen Davis, Mary and John Sikes, and Jeffrey Davis, survive her. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Christian Bill, Amy Bill Kutney, Jay Goebel, Kate Noell, Martha Maloney, Molly Goebel, Greg Davi, Julia Davis, Sophia Davis, Johnny Sikes, Ben Sikes, and Kitt Sikes; five great-granddaughters; her brother, Dr John Nagle, and his wife, Mary; nephews and nieces; and her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and John Hagan. Her husband, Andrew Hardiman; her brother, Monsignor William Nagle; and grandson, Navy SEAL Brian Bill, predeceased her.

Mrs Hardiman attended St John's School, Sacred Heart Academy, and Danbury State Teachers College, where she was Phi Betta Kappa. She received her Master in Education from Columbia University. She taught for 20 years in Stamford, at several schools including Willard, Davenport Ridge, and Stillmeadow.

She was an active member of St Cecilia's Parish, St Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary Board, and St Leo's Seniors. She was a member of Sterling Farms and Hubbard Heights Women's Golf League, an avid bridge player, a voracious reader, and reveled in being with family and friends. She was a gifted and generous hostess. Just a week ago, she played bridge and was thrilled to win!

Memories of raising her family on Bertmor Drive include busy summers spent at Newfield Swim Club for swim practice and meets, bridge games, neighborhood block parties, massive numbers of Halloween trick-or-treaters, Christmas Eve Mass and breakfast after. Just this Halloween she was happy to meet the trick-or-treaters who visited her.

Mrs Hardiman's family thanks all of her devoted friends who brought much support, love, and caring friendship throughout her life.

Memorial donations can be made to the Brian Bill Scholarship at Trinity Catholic High School; visit trinitycatholic.org.

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