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Ardyce A. BUNKER Hardy

Ardyce A. BUNKER Hardy

Ardyce A. BUNKER Hardy Overview

Ardyce was a schoolteacher from Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada who taught throughout southern Nevada and Utah.

According to her obituary, she taught school in Veyo, Utah; Bullionville, Lincoln County, Nevada; St. Thomas, Clark County, Nevada; Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada; and Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. We found a newspaper clipping (see below) that she was a teacher in the small town of Etna, Lincoln County, Nevada.

I would love to know if there are any recorded stories from her early years when she was traveling the Southwest to teach, the stories of what she witnessed in these start-up towns and mining camps would have been incredible to listen to.


March 7, 1909, in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada


July 28, 2008, in Sierra Vista, Conchise, Arizona.


Ardyce married Joseph Fielding HARDY on April 01, 1936, in St. George, Washington County, Utah.


She was the daughter of Hector BUNKER and Wilhemina “Mina” WHITTWER and the granddaughter of Edward BUNKER who established the town of Bunkerville.

Joseph and Ardyce had three children during their marriage. (Not including information since the children are alive as of this writing.)


  • March 7, 1909 – Born in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada
  • 1910 – Living in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada
  • 1920 – Living in Elgin, Lincoln County, Nevada
  • 1928 – Accepted teaching position in Etna, Lincoln County, Nevada
  • 1930 – Living in Veyo, Washington County, Utah
  • 1935 – Living in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada
  • April 1, 1936 – Married Joseph Fielding HARDY in St. George, Washington County, Utah
  • 1940 – Living in Goodsprings, Clark County, Nevada
  • 1950 – Living in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada
  • July 28, 2008 – Died in Sierra Vista, Conchise, Arizona
  • August 2, 2003 – Laid to rest in the Bunkerville Cemetery in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada

Newspaper Clippings


Washington County News • Saint George, Utah • 23 Sep 1926, Thu • Page 5


Bunkerville, Nev., Sept. 15.

We are proud to state that quite a number of our young people are attend Ing college this year. All of the last years graduates but one, Nelda Waite, (who was recently married) are attending. Their names follow: Daisy Leavitt, Sara Leavitt, Ardyce Bunker, Rosella Hardy, Deloy Abbott,, Wilford Leavitt, Don and Birdie Tobler, Laurel Leavitt and Vilda Leavitt. They are all going to the Dixie college. Randy Leavitt and Irving Leavitt left for Provo to attend the B. Y. U. Melvin Leavitt will go to the U. A. C.

Las Vegas Age • Las Vegas, Nevada • 11 Sep 1928, Tue • Page 4

Miss Ardyce Bunker has accepted a position as school teacher at Etna, Nevada.

The Daily Spectrum • Saint George, Utah • 31 Jul 2003, Thu • Page 20

Ardyce Hardy

Ardyce Bunker Hardy, 94, a native of Bunkerville, Nevada passed away, Monday, July 28, 2003 in Sierra Vista, AZ. She was born March 7, 1909 in Bunkerville, NV to Hector and Willamina Wittwer Bunker. She was the first of 8 children. On April 1, 1936 she married Joseph Fielding Hardy in the St. George Temple. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1991.

Ardyce taught school in Veyo, UT, Bullionville, St. Thomas, Bunkerville and Las Vegas NV. Her teaching career covered 29 years. She served on the Virgin Valley Library Board and was active in 4-H. Her greatest joy was serving in the LDS church. She lead the music in Sunday School and Primary, she was President of the Young Women organization twice, and was Stake Young Women’s President. She was Relief Society president while living in Good Springs, Las Vegas, and Bunkerville, NV. She and her husband worked in the St. George temple for nine years. They served together in the North California Mission.

Ardyce loved to quilt and sew, she took pride in canning, and enjoyed helping her husband with a large garden. She enjoyed children and loved to teach. She was never too busy to listen. She always had a kind word for everyone. She was gracious and kind to everyone and in all circumstances.

She is the beloved mother of Carol (Ted) Ames of Sierra Vista, AZ, Mina (Lee) Reber of Hobbs, NM and Jay (Nan) Hardy of Bunkerville. She has 19 grandchildren, and 36 grandchildren; two brothers, Ferren and Owen Bunker and two sisters, Reva Polley and Marva Davis. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kent and Merrill Bunker and one sister Wanda Abbott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Bunkerville LDS Chapel. Visitation will be Friday, August 1, 2003 from 7 -9 p.m. at the chapel and again one hour prior to services at the chapel. Interment will be in the Bunkerville Cemetery under the direction of Virgin Valley Mortuary.

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