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Kathy Diane Hardage

January 20, 1968 — July 11, 2023

Kathy Diane Hardage, age 55, passed away in Mexia, Texas, on July 11, 2023, to live eternally with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born in Waco, TX on January 20, 1968, to Betty and Mack Hardage. In 1972, the family relocated to Daingerfield, Texas, where she later professed her faith in Christ at age 10. Kathy graduated from Daingerfield High School and later attended Northeast Texas Community College and Navarro College. She was artistically gifted and also very sentimental.  Almost all her adult life, Kathy lived in Central Texas and was briefly employed by the State of Texas in Waco in the early 1990s. Numerous severe health complications rendered her unable to continue working. In 2017, Kathy was fortunate to receive a pancreas transplant. It was a blessing that she never thought possible, but many prior health complications remained and new issues arose post-transplant. Her tremendous physical and emotional sufferings were overarching and her family rejoices knowing that Kathy is now eternally healed.

Kathy’s stepfather Tommy Vaughan, biological father Mack Hardage, and daughter Rhyan Morton, who died during childbirth, preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother, Betty Vaughan of Mexia, sister and brother-in-law Kelly and Peter Bahrs of Georgetown, nephew Andrew Bahrs of Georgetown. Many friends, most of whom she knew from Facebook, were a support and encouragement to her.

All kinds of animals, especially cats and dogs, were Kathy’s passion. She and a friend began Noah’s Ark Rescue many years ago in Groesbeck, Texas, until she was unable to continue.  Kathy cared for and loved numerous cats and dogs of her own throughout her life. For anyone wishing to honor Kathy’s memory, memorial gifts can be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue (, 6321 Airport Rd., Waco, TX 76708.

There will be no visitation or service.





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