Zuni, VA Sonja Susan Forbes Hardison, 80, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, following a brief illness. Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, Sonja was the daughter of the late Nelson M. and Eula Pauline Friend Forbes. Born to a family of seven children, Sonja is also preceded in death by four siblings A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Sonja is survived by her husband of 61 years, Claude Allen Hardison, Sr.; two sons, Claude Allen Hardison, Jr., and his wife, Beverly, and Clifton James Hardison; five grandchildren, Allen, Robbin, Daniel, Sonja, and Luke; twelve great-grandchildren, two sisters, Patricia and Mary; a host of nieces and nephews, including Sandy Mason, and extended family and friends. Sonja had a constant, abiding faith in God and love and devotion to her family.

She was a longtime member of Living Hope Community Fellowship and the ministries of the church. She worked for Sentara Obici Hospital as a medical transcriptionist for some fifteen years. Eleven years ago, Sonja founded and was director of the American Military Missions. Every month 15 to 20 care packages were packed and sent to servicemen the world over.  She was a member of the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club.

A service celebrating Sonja’s life will be held 1:30 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Living Hope Community Fellowship with Rev. Kevin Payne officiating. Burial will follow in Albert G. Horton Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice.