Brenda K. Hardesty, age 66, of Waynesville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at her residence.

Brenda worked for 10 years for General Motors. She was a proud homemaker, family-oriented, multi-faceted, had a contagious laugh, loved with her whole heart, and loved blindly. She greatly enjoyed reading, with fiction novels being her favorite. She also enjoyed watching UK basketball, playing games on her computer, and playing cards. While the beach was her happy place, most recently to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, she also loved to visit Las Vegas to play the Blazing 7’s slots.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Rosalee Blanton; one brother, Steven Blanton; and one sister, Diana Blanton.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Bob; son, Darren Hardesty; daughter Ginny (Wade) Gautreaux; four step daughters, Bobbi (Robert) Harrison, Jeri (Bryan) Cancienne, Nicki Hardesty, and Toni Johnston; three grandchildren, Peyton, Brandon, and Austin; great-granddaughter, Kinleigh; two brothers, Raymond (Barbara) Blanton and Thomas Blanton; and two sisters, Mildred (David) Moorman and Judy (Mark) Crooks.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville. An additional visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, immediately followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, all at Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home in Jackson, Ohio with Bill Taylor as the celebrant. Burial will be in Hannah Cemetery.

If desired, contributions may be made to the Jackson County Heart Support Group, 215 Broad St., Jackson, Ohio 45640. Condolences may be sent to the family at or