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Sue McDarment Bogardus, 91

 Warsaw resident Sue McDarment Bogardus died Saturday, March 24, 2012. She was 91 years old.
Mrs. Bogardus lived a very full life and was well known for her interest in history, genealogy, and education, as well as gardening and native birds of Kentucky. She supplied many individuals from all over the country with genealogical information, especially about Gallatin County and Central Kentucky. She was a lifelong member of the Warsaw Christian Church and was an active parishioner for many decades until her health declined. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed that association for many decades. She was active in local, county and state politics and had many friends in the State of Kentucky, although she outlived most of them. She was a force of nature and positively affected many lives over her nine plus decades.
For a number of years, she was the owner of the Moon River Night Club and she managed the Butler Lodge in General Butler State Park, Carrollton. She had many diverse jobs over the course of her life. She was very patriotic and worked in an Indiana factory in support of the war effort during World War II. She often joked that every time she tried to retire, she was offered another job.
The great love of her life was her husband, Dr. Carl Bogardus and she was very grateful to her friend, the late Harold Brown Weldon, for introducing them. She and Dr. Carl were the founders of the Gallatin County Historical Society and they spent many hours together in the River Room of their house, Belle Reviere, over looking the Ohio River, happily engaged in genealogical research and writing. They gave generously to the church and the Historical Society, as well as to many charities, especially medical, military and veterans charities. They endowed a college scholarship fund for Gallatin County high school students.
One of the special things about Mrs. Bogardus was her loyalty. She cared for a former employee of Moon River for many years until his death after he became disabled. She loved to tell entertaining stories about all kinds of topics. When she was in her late eighties, she was able to identify who was in the photo albums from the 1920s and 1930s. Her love of family, and her stories will be greatly missed.
She is survived by one sister, Churchill (Mickey) Giuliani of Sharonville, Ohio; one stepson, Dr. Carl R. Bogardus, Jr.; one stepdaughter, Rhoda Jane Cornwell; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Carl R. Bogardus; one step-daughter, Nancy B. West; and six brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw. The funeral service will begin immediately following visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the Warsaw Christian Church, The Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or the charity of donorís choice.

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