HARTLAND —A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug 3 at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Woodstock for Rita A. Harding, 91, who died July 30 at the home of her daughter, Rowena Harding in Hartland. Rev. Thomas Mosher, Pastor was Celebrant. Committal services followed in the Hartland Village Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 5, 1922 in Abington, Mass. the daughter of Victor and Aurora (Jacob) Bureau.
She received her schooling in Whitman, Mass. and graduated from Whitman High School in 1940.
She married Thomas M. Harding in Whitman on Jan. 16, 1944. She was employed at Regal Shoe in Whitman for several years before starting her family. Since 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Harding spent summer months at their Barron Hill family farm in Hartland. They spent winter months in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. beginning in 1967. They retired to Ft. Lauderdale and Hartland in 1974.
Mrs. Harding enjoyed bowling and was a member of the bowling league in Whitman, Mass. She was also a member of the Hartland Grange. She loved sewing, knitting and was an accomplished seamstress, making clothing, including dresses and wedding gowns for her daughters. She was fond of berry picking and canning jams and jellies. She enjoyed making apple pies and had received first place at the New England Expo Pie Contest in Springfield, Mass. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards, traveling with her husband and family, and spending several summer months in Maine. She was fond of riding carousels at fairs. She was an avid sports fan and a very “lucky” gambler. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She had a strong Catholic faith and was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church in Woodstock.
Survivors include, four daughters, Joan V. Keenan of Hartland, Julie M. Davis and her husband, Neil of Sedgwick, Maine, Louise A. Harding and her husband, Charles Ayala of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Rowena M. Harding of Hartland, one son, Peter M. Harding and his companion, Sybil Smith, of Norwich, one sister, Edna Godfrey of Centerville, Mass, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband of 67 years passed away in 2001. She was also predeceased by one son-in-law, Robert Keenan in 2012 and by one sister, Julia Pimental.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society at PO Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037 or to the Hartland Recreation Center at 19 Route 12, Hartland, VT 05048.
Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the August 8, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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