Sally Ann Harding
Now, tending Heaven's flowers
Many hearts are hurting because we lost Sally Harding April 1, 2016. She was born March 22, 1936 to Phillip and Margaret Brockert in Wisconsin. She was the second of four children.
Her parents moved their young family to California where at the young age of 16, Sally met her husband of 55 years, Gerald Harding. At first she didn't like him, and thought of him as a "pipsqueak" since she was taller by a few inches. When Jerry returned from Korea, he soon won her over and they were married January 10, 1953. The first of six children was born in 1954, with all six children being born within seven years and ten months time!
Sally was never demonstrative, yet she left no doubt she loved everyone. After most of her children were nearly grown Sally became a bus driver and was much loved by the children on her route to the Applegate Valley and Ruch. She really enjoyed being a school bus driver.
For fun, Sally loved many different crafts and created many beautiful things that grace the homes of all those she loved. For many years she and Jerry belonged to the Twirlers Square Dance Club. The matching dresses and shirts she made for them to wear as dancers were pretty, well made, and she sewed many different outfits for herself and Jerry. Her favorite pastime was growing and tending flowers. She always loved her flowers and had the prettiest yard wherever she lived. It was a constant wherever they lived.
In October of 2012, Sally moved in with her youngest daughter, Kitty Griffiths and her grandson, Jeremy Griffiths. She had three good years living with them and was happy, puttering with her flowers, and visiting with family who came to visit. She was able to go to her granddaughter Kacy’s wedding on the beach in September 2015. But, afterward, in a very few short months she went downhill fast, physically. By December, she was on hospice care.
A caregiver herself, her daughter Kitty helped care for her the last three months of her life and was caring for her, by her side constantly during the final weeks. Sally died in her sleep the morning of April 1, 2016.
Sally is survived by her children, Debbie “Sunny” Moshier, Jimmy Lee Harding, Donald Phillip Harding (Irene), Kitty Lynn Griffiths, and Jay Allen Harding; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a brother, and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerry and her son, Steven Dale Harding.
All of us lost a great deal when Sally left this earth; a sweet and gentle soul she was and will always be greatly and deeply missed.