Irma Lee Gurkin Hardee

Passed away on 7 July, 2021

Irma Lee Gurkin Hardee, died July 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irma and Lee Gurkin; her brothers, Charles and Bert Gurkin; her husbands, Gene Hardee and George Drudge; and her mother-in-law, Helen White. She is survived by her children, John Hardee, Sherry Phillips (Scott) and Jeanna Paige Hardee; grandchildren, Johnathan Hardee (Shelley), Jason Hardee (Magen), Megan Hardee, Ryan Phillips and Whitney Cipriani (Ale); 10 great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Bill White (Lois); and many close friends.

In her final days, Irma Lee found much joy and pleasure giving to others. She chose just the right thing from her home to give to her friends and family. Everything had a story that she enjoyed sharing.

Remains rest at Woody Funeral Home Parham Chapel, 1771 N. Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 17 2021. Funeral services will be conducted at Woody’s at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, plant something in your garden to keep her memory alive and growing in your hearts.


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Irma Lee Gurkin Hardee

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Wylyn (Lyn) Hodnett

17 July 2021

Dear John, Sherry, Jeanna and all family members:

Irma Lee took care of my two sons when they were very small. She was an absolute Gem, a Treasure. She was a wonderful Mom herself, and the finest of children's caregivers.
My husband Fred, my sons Andrew and Sam and I loved her dearly. Irma Lee enriched our lives so very much.
Sending sincerest condolences to your family members. Heaven has now gained a new Angel.
Lyn Hodnett

Margaret Bedwell

16 July 2021

To have Irma Lee as my friend for 25 years has been such a joy
and an honor. As her friend, you always knew if you asked
for advise, you got wise counsel and honest opinion shared with love.
I know that because of her, I am a better person. It is with great sorrow I have to say goodbye...until we meet again.
To all her family, you have my heart felt condolences.

Cindy Reynolds

13 July 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We remember her and her zest for life, which shines through in her children. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Gerald, Cindy and Jessica Reynolds

Lee Peebles

9 July 2021

John, Sherry and Jeanna Paige and family please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your mom, grandmother and great mother. She was the quintessential mother as your dad was as a father. May her memory provide lasting warm and bring a smile to you whenever you remember the good times with her. They will for me. Good bless.

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