Pauline Overton Hartford

October 24, 1925May 3, 2021

Pauline Overton Hartford was born in London, England on October 24, 1925. She met the love of her life, James Nicholson Hartford Jr., when he was stationed in England in 1944. She was preceded in death by her husband, and by her parents, Rosina Close Overton and Harry Rudall Overton.

She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Mahar (Jim), Linda Huggins (Jere/Harlan), and Gina Garth (Johnny) as well as five grandsons, Matthew Mahar (Christina), Andrew Mahar (Mindy) Jonathan Huggins (Samantha), Lakin Garth (Katharine) and Stuart Garth (Courtney). She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren who knew her fondly as “Gran.”

As a young girl, she loved horses and won awards for her artwork from the Royal Drawing society. She embraced her adopted country wholeheartedly and became an active volunteer in the Athens community. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, volunteering regularly there, and later joined the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville when she moved there after her husband’s death. She also volunteered for many years at the Georgia State Botanical Garden, St. Mary’s Hospital and Recording for the Blind. She enjoyed memberships in the Embroiderers Guild of America and the Glenwood Garden Club. She outlived a wide circle of friends who loved her dearly.

Private family services will be held later this month in Athens.

Donations in her memory may be made to the State Botanical Garden, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, Ga. 30605.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • A private family service will be held.


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May 13, 2021

Our love, heart and thoughts are with the family.
Polly was a very special lady to us, we loved her very much, she left wonderful memories that will treasure for ever.
We will miss her always.

All our love and prayers.

Juan & Sheila Chiarella

Paula Littlewood

May 13, 2021

I remember some very happy times when I met up with cousins Polly (as we knew her) and Jim Hartford. In particular, I came with my parents (Fred and Madge Horne) from England for a wonderful family party for the English and American cousins to get together in August 1974. Polly made sure we kept in touch with her family and, to this day, we are still in close contact with Carolyn, Linda and Gina despite the fact we are separated by many miles. I remember Polly as a most gracious lady; wise and caring. She also had a great sense of humour. I am sorry that she has gone but am so pleased that she led such a full and wonderful life. She was a role model as a wife and mother. I send my condolences and love to all the family and will be thinking of you especially on 22nd May. Paula