Written by The Herald-News
Amanda Ellen Hardy, 32, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.
She was the youngest daughter of Robert and Kathleen Beisner and was born in Houston, Texas.
She married Quinn Hardy June 11, 2005, in Manhattan, Kansas, and they had one son, Kellen.
She had affection for animals of all kinds at an early age, especially horses and dogs. She also adopted a corn snake and a tailless lizard. She raised gerbils, cared for the school’s guniea pig for a summer and organized anti-drowning efforts for the junebugs in the family’s pool.
Her family moved frequently when she was young. She spent time in Texas, Florida and California; but the family’s roots always remained in Manhattan, Kansas.
She was a lifelong learner. She graduated from Newbury Park High School in California. She completed bachelor and master of science degrees at Colorado State University and later completed credits for a teaching certificate at Montana State University - Billings.
She had begun a new job as the physical science and chemistry teacher at Wolf Point High School in August. Her students regularly commented on her use of big words. She would respond that she was “proud of her extensive vocabulary.”
She loved being outdoors. Her hobbies included horseback riding, biking, snowboarding, walking with her family, swimming and camping. As a girl, she was a member of the Girl Scouts and, as an adult, was a troop leader.
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Kathleen Beisner of Portland, Ore.; her sister, Rachel Cornett of Raleigh, N.C.; and her husband, Quinn, and son, Kellen, of Wolf Point.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Smith’s West Chapel, located at 304 34th Street West in Billings. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, also at the Smith’s West Funeral Chapel in Billings. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.