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Jo Ann (Corley) Hardin

January 20, 1938 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Jo Ann Hardin Obituary

Jo Ann (Corley) Hardin, 85, passed away on December 30th, 2023, at Premier Healthcare in New Harmony, IN. She was born January 20, 1938, in Marion, KY to the late Jewell (Corley) Little.

Jo Ann moved to Mt. Vernon after marrying her first husband Ronald (R.D.) Van Zant in 1956. They had five children and lived in Point Township community. She became a member of the Point Township Church of the Nazarene where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher, Church Steward, and Board member.

After the death of her first husband, she married James May in 1984 and moved to Providence, KY, becoming a bonus mother, friend, and grandmother to James’ children and grandchildren. She remained in Providence until James’ death. After returning to Mt. Vernon, Jo Ann met and married Dalton Hardin in 1997. Dalton preceded her in death in 2016.

In the past, Jo Ann performed her civic duty for many years at the voting/polling site in Point Township. She also worked outside the home at Ubelhack Turkey Farm and Alexandrian Public Library.

Jo Ann is also preceded in death by a great-grandson. She is survived by her five children, Rhonda (Wes) Bird, David Van Zant, Mark (Barbara) Van Zant, Brenda (Paul) Upshaw, and Sandra (George) Thompson all of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren, R.D. McGuire, Sonya Riordan, Sara Ashworth, Matthew Upshaw, Brandi Gunter, Maggie Clardy, Lydia Thompson, and John Thompson; thirteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins; remaining members of the May and Hardin families; and all those friends, extended family and neighborhood children to which she had shown her kindness, care and motherly instincts.

A funeral ceremony will occur at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Denning Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.  Rev. Matthew Upshaw and Rev. Dallas Robinson will officiate with burial to follow at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at

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January 4, 2024

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Denning Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1330 E 4th St
Mount Vernon, Indiana 47620

Funeral Service
January 4, 2024

1:00 PM
Denning Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1330 E 4th St
Mount Vernon, Indiana 47620


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