Ardyce graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1961, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1965. She worked in schools as a speech pathologist and served on the Hastings Public Schools Board for eight years, three of them as president.
Ardyce was a leader in many civic, cultural, and educational organizations in Hastings. She was active in the Hastings League of Women Voters, president of the YWCA Board, president of the Hastings Utilities Board, member of the Museum of Nebraska Art Board, president of the Hastings Symphony Board, and chair of multiple campaigns to elect Ben Nelson as Governor and U.S. Senator.
In 1991, she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Nebraska Legislature. She was elected to that seat in 1992, and again in 1996, serving until 2001. During her tenure, she led the Education Committee for seven years and helped pass legislation that increased the state’s share of funds for K-12 schools from about 40% to more than 50%.
Bohlke also spearheaded legislation that created incentives for school districts to merge or consolidate, implemented welfare reform, gave young people driving privileges more gradually, and protected trout streams from livestock confinement runoff. She also successfully lobbied to have Kool-Aid named Nebraska’s official soft drink.
After leaving the Legislature, Ardyce became director of the Kinman Oldfield Family Foundation and worked as the director of resource development for Hastings Good Samaritan Village. In 2002, Ardyce received statewide recognition from several groups for her contributions to education, which included being named Woman of the Year by the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women.