In Loving Memory

May 29, 1936 – December 6, 2017



Orange Beach, AL

Mary Jane Harding, 81, born in Troy, MI, a resident of Troy, Michigan, and a regular snowbird in Orange Beach, AL, went home to be with her Lord, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 with some of her large family by her side at a hospital in Foley Alabama.  Mary Jane served faithfully for many years in her church in areas of childcare and the kitchen.  Cooking for her family and others was always fun for her.  Whether it was a banana crème pie or her delicious roast beef, she knew their favorites.  She was also a “great” grandmother. The relationships she formed with her grandchildren were very special in that she knew them each individually and she knew them well.  Spending quality time with each was important and they will all remember the special bond of love she held with each one. She is finally reunited with her husband, Richard Harding, with whom she was married for over fifty years and with whom she built a fine household of faith.

She will always be remembered as fun loving and ready with a funny comment.  She loved travelling and visiting new places, especially the mission trips with her church and playing card games of all kinds. A big sports fan, she enjoyed cheering on her favorite Detroit Sports teams and the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football teams.  Many annual vacations with her sisters that began after their parents were deceased, were a must, keeping their relationships close to each other and they always looked forward to these times.

She is survived by her children, Kathryn (Bryan) Boss, of Howell, MI, Debbie (Dean) Olinger, of Osprey, FL, Richard “Dick” (Pam) Harding of Sarasota, FL, Sue (Don) Andersen, of Rochester, MI, and Michael (Cynthia) Harding, of Orange Beach, AL;  her sisters, Sue (Chuck) Davis, of Ventura, CA, Sally Gegenhiemer, of Naperville, IL, Alice (Gordon) Gooding, of Shadow Hills, CA and Toni (Dale) Weeden, of Dryden, MI. Also surviving are her beloved 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to “Our Daughters International”, a ministry to assist in the prevention and rehabilitation of female human trafficking victims, a ministry important to Mary Jane. Mail donations to: 1825 E. Square Lake Road, Troy MI 48085.

Services celebrating Mary Jane’s life will be private.   Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.