Nina Bardwell was born September 14, 1909. Except for four years when she worked in California for Douglas Aircraft Building B-17s during World War II, she lived in rural northwest Kansas in the Goodland area. Although living on limited income, Nina expressed her Christian faith and caring spirit through a vital interest in missions. She was concerned for low-income families who didn't have food to eat or adequate housing. Her interest in children and youth made her a role model for young persons in her church, First United Methodist as well as the Goodland community until her death on February 24, 1995.
Nina was grateful for God's goodness. She said, 'It was a good life. God gave me good health and I was in a good place among Christian people.'
A memorial was established in 1995 with Heifer International Foundation from the bequest of Nina Bardwell. Every year, income from the Nina Bardwell Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.