Carole Anita (Stern) Harding

Born: Sat., Jul. 1, 1939
Died: Thu., Sep. 17, 2020


11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, Sat., Sep. 26, 2020
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sat., Sep. 26, 2020
Location: Zion Lutheran Cemetery

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Carole A. Harding, 81, of Middletown, died Thursday September 17, 2020 after a valiant 33-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

A native of Baltimore, she was the third child and eldest daughter of Robert Stern and Naomi Taylor.  

She graduated from Catonsville High School.  From her first job at Raimondi’s Florist, she went on to work at Hutzler’s Department Store and the Social Security Administration before becoming a homemaker.  Later she worked in retail at Eyerly’s and Gee Bee, and did floral design for various florists in Middletown: Grams, Weil, and Anne’s.  In retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her daughter Kathy.  

Survivors include three children, Debbie Harding, Kathy Kline, and John Harding Jr.; two sisters, Susan Booth of Bradenton, Fla., and Linda McConville of Lafayette, N.J.; and various nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband John Harding Sr., and eight brothers and sisters: Bob, Dave, Richard, John, and Bill Stern; Kathy Kraus, Ann Segal, and Jody Guzik.

She loved the flowering trees and shrubs in her yard and the many flowerpots on her deck.  A fine artist, she painted Toll art and watercolors, and took watercolor classes at the Frederick Senior Center, at The Valley Art Association, and under the late local artist Chris Carr.  Her family enjoyed receiving Christmas cards produced from her own paintings.  
She was a warm, quietly supportive person known for her kindness and consideration.

Due to COVID, friends may attend a socially distanced viewing from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday September 26 at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown, with the family focusing on receiving friends outside.  Please wear masks and practice social distancing.  Funeral services will be held 1:30 PM graveside at nearby Lutheran Cemetery.

For those who prefer not to send flowers, contributions may be made to The Valley Art Association or The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.  

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   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
I am sorry that she had to go all this. She fought a long and hard battle.
I enjoyed the short time I had with Carole and your family. At least now she is out of pain and suffering.

Michael & Susan Harding
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
Dear Debbie, Kathy, and John,

I am ever so grateful for the fun times growing up with the three of you and for the love and happiness your Mom and Dad shared with us. Aunt Carole's wonderful sense of humor, joyous laughter, and selfless, giving nature will live on forever in our memories. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Love, Michael and Susan

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