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8-4-04 Oconee County Resident Marilyn Hardigree Publishes Auto-Biography

This book is a good read.  Even if one does not know Marilyn Hardigree personally, one can enjoy this detailed story about life and its challenges.   Marilyn tells the good and the bad about herself, her mother, grandparents, step-parents, her children and her husbands.   She faced many challenges in her life that could have destroyed……..

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July 31, 2004

 

Life, Love and Asparagus by Marilyn M. Hardigree

Marilyn Hardigree, Oconee County Author

 

Published 2004 by PublishAmerica, LLLP

www.publishamerica.com Baltimore

 

BOOK REVIEW:

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

While on vacation recently, I read Life, Love and Asparagus by Marilyn M. Hardigree, who lives in Oconee County.  Marilyn is a friend and that added an extra dimension to the story.  She attends Watkinsville First Christian Church and has many local friends.

 

The book is about Marilyn’s life from infant to senior citizen.  It tells the good, bad, beautiful and the ugly.  Marilyn has an intense dislike of asparagus and the book explains why.  To her asparagus represents a bad experience and during her life she has experienced much of that along with many blessings and beautiful experiences.

 

Marilyn was born January 25, 1932 in Ohio and moved to Michigan at about the age of two.  She never knew her father or his name.  Her mother was not stable and she spent some of her childhood with grandparents.   There were numerous uncles and aunts growing up in the same house and it was not her most happy experiences.  Her mother later remarried and she developed a loving relationship with her step-father, his parents and siblings.  In fact, that step-father is who Marilyn called “Dad”.  He later died and her mother remarried.   Her mother outlived both husbands and acquired some property that later went to Marilyn.

 

Marilyn never had a good relationship with her mother.  That left a void in her life for years.  Marilyn married at age 18.  She and Howard Mead had four children, two boys and two girls.  When Marilyn was 29 years of age,  Howard was killed in an automobile accident leaving Marilyn a widow with the four young children to raise.

 

There was another marriage that involved a lot of “asparagus”.  That marriage ended in divorce after five years.  During that marriage, Marilyn and the four children moved to the Orlando area of Florida.   In 1972, she married Les Hardigree and they had a great and loving marriage until he died in 2001.   Les was born in Oconee County and had retired from the marines.  He had four children.   Les had ancestors and many cousins in Oconee County and thus the two made Oconee County their home in 1994.

 

Marilyn describes the time she and Les lived in the North Carolina Mountains near Murphy.  They liked to visit their children who lived all over.  They once took a six week tour of the west.  Marilyn describes that trip and the sights they saw.  They went through Yellowstone and along the Pacific Coast.  (This was even more poignant since my family and I were in the Pacific Northwest for our 2004 vacation).

 

Marilyn describes many jobs, homes and relationships and she came through it all as a faithful Christian who has a very positive attitude about life.

 

She says, “…I have had a troubled life, but I feel so blessed.  My children are all loving children and Les was the most wonderful man in my life”….

 

This book is a good read.  Even if one does not know Marilyn Hardigree personally, one can enjoy this detailed story about life and its challenges.   Marilyn tells the good and the bad about herself, her mother, grandparents, step-parents, her children and her husbands.   She faced many challenges in her life that could have destroyed someone of lesser strength and core values. 

 

I highly recommend this book.  It can be ordered by completing the order form attached.

 


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April 13, 2004

 

Dear friend of Marilyn M. Hardigree,

 

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of Marilyn Hardigree's new book Life, Love & Asparagus: First the Pain, Then Comes Peace!

One could expect an only child to be much loved and even spoiled. I didn't feel either of these growing up. Even though as a child I was loved "by some special people, it was the love of my mother that I dearly wanted. I have never even seen a picture of my father and finally met my mother at about the age of seven. I soon learned she wasn't a loving person.

This story is about a lifelong search for love and acceptance. God frequently put the right people in my path who showed me love. I am glad that I found that love is all around and I didn't need to wait for my mother's love. I would not write this until after my mother had been deceased a few years. I was afraid of her into my 40s and older. I have been widowed twice, once at the age of 29 with my four children between the ages 3 to 1 0, and again when I lost my husband Les in 2001 after 29 years. I have had a troubled life, but I feel so blessed. My children are all loving children and Les was the most wonderful man in my life.

We are offering you an opportunity to secure your personal copy of Ms. Hardigree's exceptional book, at the special pre-release discount price of $6.95. Please fill out the coupon below and mail it today, or order online using the direct link shown at the top of this letter!

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