Nancy (Hardy) Abberger

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Nancy (Hardy) Abberger
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Date of Birth: 
June 21 1925
Date of Death: 
December 31 2011

Nancy Hardy Harberger died peacefully on December 31, 2011 after a long illness. Nancy was born June 21, 1925 in Augusta, Georgia, she was the daughter of Dr. Eric West Hardy and Madolon Moore Hardy. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she had resided in Orlando since 1952. Early in her adult life Nancy combined a love of the outdoors with keen organizational skills as staff member with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as Executive Director in Columbus, Georgia, and Assistant Director in New Orleans, Louisiana. She continued her work serving as Arts Director, Program Director, and later as a member of the Board of Trustees at her beloved Eagles Nest Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.

Nancy was very active in the Orlando community, serving as president of the Jr. League of Orlando, the Rosalind Club, the Opera Guild of Orlando, and the Florida Symphony Women's Auxiliary. She also volunteered for the Morse Foundation in Winter Park, and as an assistant to Hugh F. McKean. Later in life, she also had a successful career as a women's fashion clothing dealer for the Carlisle Company.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando for more than 50 years and authored Heart of the City, a history of the church in 1988. Nancy was a great lover of art and an accomplished pianist. Her passion for music was reflected in the many volunteer hours she devoted to numerous arts organizations in the Orlando area. She was also a talented water color painter, and had a great appreciation for the written word as well, particularly poetry. She was known for her cooking and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Benjamin L. Abberger, Jr., MD; and three sons, Benjamin L. Abberger, III of Tallahassee (Wendy), John A. Abberger of Toronto (Gretchen), and William W. Abberger of Tallahassee (Mary Anne); as well as by four beloved grandchildren, Caroline, Mary Ellen, Beth, and Julia. She was preceded in death by her son Eric H. Abberger. She is mourned also by compassionate caretakers and companions Mrs. Johnnie Mae Brown, and Mrs. Ann Pearl Jones.

Mrs. Nancy Abberger was also a member of the Third Friday Book Club - the longest running book club in the Central Florida area. She joined the club in 1979 and was on the active member list when she died in 2011. She served as Secretary of the club from 1988-1989. A memorial contribution in her honor was made to the Orlando Public Library in 2012 by the members of the book club. Read more about the Third Friday Book Club at

Place of Birth: 
Augusta, Georgia, United States
Place of Death: 
Orlando, Florida, United States
Primary State of Residence: 
Orlando, Florida, United States

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