In Loving Memory

Mary Jane Harding, d. December 6, 2017



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.


  1. Jennifer Gegenheimer Holmes

    Aunt Mary had a gentle soul and quick wit. I spent many sleep overs with my cousin Kathy when we were young and several more recent cruises when Mary bunked with my mom. I giggle to myself remembering them yawning and saying they were headed to bed only to see them through their cabin window laughing and playing hand and fist until all hours of the night. Or the time in France when they Jumped in a taxi to find a casino and we had no idea where they were for an hour only to find them happily working the slot machines! Many many memories that will last forever. Kathy, Debbie, Dick, Mike and Sue – I’m sorry for your loss but know your mom will always be watching over you.

  2. Janice Hogan

    Please accept our deepest sympathies with the passing of your dear mother. I am ever grateful to have known her. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time.

    Our love and prayers,
    Jan & John Hogan and family
    Windsor, On

  3. Cathie Bedor

    So sorry for your loss Debbie and family! Thinking of you as you celebrate her life and then process life without her.

    Much love,

  4. Dave Lineberry

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

    Your friends,

    Dave & Jennifer Lineberry

  5. F. Ward

    “Please allow my family to offer our condolence as you mourn the passing of Mrs. Harding, you are in our prayers for peace from God at this time. May His word comfort and guide you through this most difficult event we all now face. 1 Corinthians 15:26, Hosea 13:14, and Revelation 21:4, have all give me hope at a time when it seemed I had none, may they strengthen you as well.”

  6. Darnell

    My sincere condolences to your family for your loss. God promises to fortify you and hold your hand during difficult times like this Isaiah 41:10,13. Continue to rely on Him for comfort and strength.

  7. Kim hyde

    I have wonderful fond memories of my Aunt Mary❤️! Spending time at their house are some of my fondest memories! She laughed a lot and always had a smile! She provided great meals for a large number of us! Aunt Mary and Uncle Rich showed us a great Love for OUR HEAVENLY FATHER! I will hold on to these beautiful memories until I meet up with her in heaven


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