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Mimi (Mary Leigh Reid) Hardman, 1934-2019


Last updated 1/8/2020 at 10:47am

Mimi Hardman

Lake Wales' longtime historian, visionary, beloved wife, and mother, Mimi (Mary Leigh Reid) Hardman, died at age 85 on Dec. 13 following an extended illness. A driving force for historic preservation and celebrating the pioneers who built Lake Wales, Hardman left behind an extraordinary legacy.

In her adopted hometown and beyond, Mimi will be remembered as the founder and director of the Depot Museum, host of the annual Pioneer Days festival, red outfits and patriotic costumes, and a tenacity for her endeavors. Over the course of her career, she raised millions of dollars for historic pre...

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