Clara Shepherd Hardy, 89, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on February 14, 2017.

Born in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Melvin Lawrence Shepherd and Dollie Ward Shepherd. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Melvin Lawrence, Jr., John and sisters, Juanita and Anna Lee.

Clara graduated from Appalachian Teachers College in 1949 and began teaching in Shelby, NC, and retired from John B. Dey Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA, after 46 years.

Left to cherish her memory are: a brother, Paul E. Shepherd, many nieces and nephews, and a dear friend, Eloise Miller.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens, Boone, NC. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hardy family.

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