| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||Grantville Gazette III, Grantville Gazette V, 1635: The Dreeson Incident|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe, (formerly United States)|
|Date of Birth:||1958|
|Parents:||Ben Hardesty, Gloria Hardesty|
|Spouse:||Joe Lang (divorced), Carney Logsden (divorced), Laurent Mauger|
|Children:||Cory Joe Lang, Susan Logsden, Tina Logsden, Pam Hardesty, Rose Mauger (step-daughter), Laurent Pierre Jacques Mauger (stepson)|
|Relatives:||Fred Logsden (father-in-law), Betty Hardesty (sister)|
Velma Hardesty was a resident of Grantville. A divorcee, Velma was married to a Joe Lang and sired her son Cory Joe Lang. In her second failed marriage, she successfully won over a custody battle against her second ex-husband Carney Logsden over their children. After the Ring of Fire, Velma lost Carney Logsden back in the original timeline. The loss of Carney took a toll on her which drove her into a pessimistic and depressive state. She began dating other men, but she routinely sabotaged these relationships. Her lifestyle soon hanged in the balance of endangering her youngest daughters, Susan and Tina.
Eventually, her father-in-law Fred Logsden saw to legally seeing his granddaughters being taken under his care after she publiclyshowed willingness to rob Susan's future. Velma was none too pleased, began soliciting at the 250 Club, then unreasonably blamed Germans for her problems, and fell in with the town's undesirables, taking a job at 250 Club after waitress Brandy Bates had quit. However, her job didn't last long and she became a waitress at Marcantonio's Pizza.
Velma is a Presbyterian, but was not in good standing with Rev. Enoch Wiley.