Harding: Esther of Trail and formerly of China Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 3, 2011. She passed away at Poplar Ridge with family at her side.
Esther was born on July 6, 1921 in Verpla, Norway. She devoted her life to her family.
Esther is survived by her nine children: Shirley (George) McCullough, Stan (Ev), Marlene (Bob) Merritt, Sharon (Jim) Merritt, Wanda (Stu) Kirkpatrick, Lynda (Ken) Skillnik, Loretta (Alex) Anderson, Len (Irene), and Gord (Beth); 28 grandchildren: Darin, Roxanne, Rochelle, Brenda, Duane, Tim, David H., Dave M., Lisa, Tanya, Don, Debbie, Shaina, Randene, Jason, Monica, Ryan, Christine, Kevin, Craig, Sean, Carl, Dennis, Shauntelle, Chris, Brooke and Caleb; 41 great-grandchildren, and brother Bert Bjorndal; as well as numerous extended family.
She was predeceased by her husband Stanley (Bud) Harding, grandson Steven, son-in-law Pat Tognotti, as well as 10 siblings.
A funeral service will be held at the Trail Alliance Church on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Kent Maddigan officiating. Bill Clark of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Esther’s memory to her granddaughter and spouse’s ministry Youth for Christ, c/o David and Shaina Morgan, Suite 115, 12975 – 84th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 1B3, made payable to “Youth For Christ” (YFC).