My Heart Broke Again on November 1st of 2013. Sparky, as My Dad called her, Marjorie Louise Dennewill - Lardy passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. We will certainly miss her. There wasn't anything she couldn't do. My Mom was known for building Color Televisions from Heath Kits. She became a certified locksmith by mail. She also painted the pedal cars My Dad brought home from his mail route that people threw away. Lucky me...
Best known for painting the house we grew up in, she loved climbing up the scaffolding to get the high parts of the roof and even laid shingles. She even cut our lawn with a hand mower and edged until she was 75. In the back yard she grew her "magic tomatoes", that kept popping up, from placing leavings in the ground. My Mom had a garden all year round and often shared with the neighbors any extra that we had.
I grew up, as the neighbors would say, with "Leave It To Beaver's Mom". She baked cookies and made her famous coleslaw and macaroni and potato salad. We had a home cooked meals every night growing up. Working for Mr. Van Camp as a Legal Secretary she got us hooked on Van Camp Pork N' Beans, made cowboy style with molasses and bacon. My Mom wasn't fancy and preferred a painters hat and painters pants to dresses, as she would often say, "Those pockets sure can come in handy". At My Mom's request, when you think of her, do something nice for someone else.
My Dad, Jack Lardy, is how my company started. I would say it’s his, but he would say it’s mine. JacksToyStore.com is named after him. When I was a kid we didn't have a whole lot, but my dad could make a whole lot out of what we had. The pedal cars were sought after because I remembered My Dad bringing home pedal cars from people tossing them out on his mail route. Yes My Dad was a Milk Man, a Mail Man and a Production Set Up Man for McDonnell Douglas over time. He loved finding something broken, fixing it, and making it work again.
Needless to say he hauled a lot of things home. Overtime he brought home a pedal tractor, fire truck, and an airplane. Most of these had a broken wheel and we would go to the store together and buy a new parts. My Mom was in charge of paint. She painted everything and made it look like new all over again.
This is what I call a family business.
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Patricia Ann Lardy
"Jack's Little Girl"