Columbus, Ga- Bishop Ann Hardman lived her life to hear one phrase, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Even though her body is no longer here, her legacy will live on. Bishop Hardman’s husband, Dr. Norman Hardman, says, his wife was ready to go. 

“As far as her soul is concerned, she was ready. Her spirit was ready to be with the Lord, ” says Hardman. “Her emotions didn’t want to carry her away because she hadn’t seen her grandchildren grow or seen the things she wanted to accomplish with them.”

Hardman says, his wife was not fearful of dying because of the way she lived. 

“As she lived her life, she exuded from herself those things that causes her to live on. It’s like this, if when you die, everything about you dies, it’s as if you never lived,” says Hardman. 

And she lives on through Dr. Sandra Anderson, a fellow pastor and mentee. 

“I found favor with her. I didn’t have to run behind her,” says Anderson. “She called me out of nowhere. I worked closely with her. I walked closely with her. I worked for her. She showed my entire family favor.”

“We’re sad because we love her, because we’re gonna miss her, but then I also know that God loves her most,” says Teri Hall, a member of Bishop Hardman’s church for 17 years. “I know that she had it right with him. I know where she’s gonna spend eternity.”

“Upon hearing of her passing, I was devastated, but I felt her. For the last two days…since Friday. I just felt an uneasiness even as I yet prayed. I released her back to God because she belonged to God, that’s where she wanted to be,” says Anderson. 

And that’s why her homegoing will be a celebration. 

“Death did not give her a place of defeat,” says Hardman. “Death was a victory for her because it carried her to a life that nobody can take away from her.”