Ellen Gibson's Story
Ms. Ellen Gibson Hardy, 65, of Salem, perished Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Beverly Hospital.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of Paul Charles Sr. and Lois Marie (Flaherty) Hardy, she was raised and educated in Malden where she graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1970. She continued her education at Garland Junior College where she attended for two years and attended the school of the Museum of Fine Arts for another two years before pursuing a professional career.
An artist at heart, Ellen forged a career in the Art and Graphic Design world before it was so titled. She began her professional career first at Allyn and Bacon, then Little Brown, and rapidly developed into a distinct designer at Winthrop Printing as she worked within graphic design and publication divisions. She was on the forefront of computer design and stayed current with all the updates to the technological world. With an remarkable entrepreneurial spirit, she founded her own company, Hardy House which was a full-service Art and Design business of which she was the proprietor for over 19 years in Charlestown, working with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and many other educational and professional companies. During the years as president of Hardy House she began to exhibit her own artwork at galleries throughout the North Shore area of New England and taught Graphic Arts at the Cambridge Adult Center for Education. More recently she had been the Director of Publications at Phillips Academy Andover where she was fully employed for over 14 years. She taught art education courses at Phillips Academy's Summer Session and loved to share her knowledge and expertise of computers, graphic design, and publishing with eager minds. During her years working at P.A. Andover, Ellen was awarded a Gold Award along with numerous other CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District #1 awards, and as she became a highly award winning Graphic Designer, she became a judge and further supporter of CASE within the Northeast region of the council. Ellen's unique socialite personality and professionalism working most recently at Turner's seafood restaurant in Salem as a hostess brought much happiness to the patrons and visitors to the wonderful establishment that she loved dearly as an employee as well as a patron. Her vibrant personality, creative spirit, and idolized feminite avant-garde convictions are truly carried on through the love and light within the many lives that she experienced life with wherever she went and within her many creations.
As Ellen began to cope with her physical aliment in 2009, she was not held back from pursuing her dreams of publishing books and painting as she worked with local archivists, writers, photographers, and musicians to successfully fulfill her dreams.
As an artisan she created many works of art tending to focus her energy on captivating the beauty expressed by her as "the Auroras." Though throughout her adult life she had one woman art shows most recently she was profoundly a part of the expansion, development, and the improvement of the Salem Arts Association facility, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of SAA. She will continue to support and inspire artists, musicians, her family, her friends, and her wonderful country for many years to come, known throughout as a truly independent woman.
As a woman of service to our community, nation, and world Ellen volunteered in many ways to bring love and light to humanity. She dedicated herself as an assistant scoutmaster to the BSA Troop #24 of Salem, Mass. for well over a decade, where her son earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Ellen, also volunteered in the Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader for several years in Salem. She truly treasured scouts as she herself was awarded the RoseAward, as a Girl Scout as a youth in Malden.
She absolutely cherished camping year-round, swimming in the waters here in New England and relentlessly pressed upon people the importance of "being prepared."
Her love for art media, living in New England, being with family, friends, listening to live music, nature and certainly her love for the many wonders of life are known by many and much of what people will always love about her that "Ellen Energy."
Ellen will go on to be loved dearly by her daughter, Alexandra Hardy Weaver of Oakland, Calif.; her son, Arthur Stewart Weaver of Salem, her parents, Paul Charles Hardy Sr. and Lois Marie (Flarherty) Hardy of Malden; her sister, Cheryl Hardy-Faraci and her husband, Charles of Littleton, Mass. Patricia Hardy, and her husband, Michael Dwyer of Noank, Conn. brother, Paul C. Hardy Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Malden; her nieces, Nina and Carolyn Hardy, and Geneva Faraci; her nephews, Devlin Mann and Christopher Hardy and her friend and father of their children, Kenneth Stewart Weaver Jr. of Salem, Mass.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Life Celebration Service which will be held in the Blake Memorial Chapel of Harmony Grove Cemetery, Grove St., Salem, Tuesday, June 27th at 11 a.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ellen’s memory to the Salem Arts Association, P.O. Box 266, Salem, MA 01970 or to Boy Scout Troop 24, 8 North St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  June 23, 2017