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Age 102

Date of Death September 19, 2014

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 26, 5:00-8:00 PM at Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers.
Services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 56050 Buckhorn Road, Three Rivers with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating.
Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Eunice Preston Harding, 102, passed peacefully at her home in Three Rivers Friday, September 19, 2014. Eunice was born August 15, 1912 at the home of her grandparents, Cynthia Jane (Hartman) and William James Doty in Constantine, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ivah Jane (Doty) and Fred (Carr) Preston. She is preceded in death by her husband, Otto R. Harding, and brothers, Max Preston and Jack Preston.
Eunice graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1931. Her elopement with Otto Harding in 1934 was a closely guarded secret as she worked as a telephone operator who could not be married as a condition for employment. The Harding’s resided in Detroit for 18 years where Eunice served as the first woman in the Photographic Department at General Motors. They returned to Three Rivers in 1955 where for 10 years they owned and operated the Dairy Queen and Parkside Drive-In on East Michigan Avenue.
Eunice worked in the financial office of Three Rivers High School before retiring to travel and garden. She remained a member of Michigan retired School Personnel, and was a life member of the Club of Little Gardens in recognition of 25 years of service. Eunice was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church, serving as the first woman on Church Council and as president of the local Lutheran Church Women. She was an avid bridge player as well as active in several organizations, including the Business and Professional Women, Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, and Barrows PTA.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane Brooks of Three Rivers and Carol Harding of Lake Bluff, Illinois; sons-in-law, James Brooks and Walter Jackson; and six grandchildren, Stephanie Brooks of Evanston, Illinois; Brian Brooks (Jodi Rector-Brooks) of Howell, Michigan; Brandi Clark (Jeff Clark) of Clearwater, Florida; Kate Harding-Jackson (James Sullivan) of Evanston; Dr. Nicholas Max Harding-Jackson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Alexandra Harding-Jackson of Lake Bluff. Great-grandchildren include: Zachary Norton of Evanston and Jarrid, Nolan, Zoey, and Gavin Rector-Brooks of Howell.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions in honor of Eunice’s lifelong interest in nature, wildlife, and animal rescue include: the Coon Hollow Preserve, Three Rivers/Fabius Township Trail, and ARF. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



Condolence Messages(10)
Jane I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I loved her dearly and remember fondly all of our good times with your family.

Sue Hicks gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 2:57 PM


Jane and Carol , Our Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs to All of your Family. Your mom was a very special neighbor and friend. So many memories to treasure.

Margaret OConnell gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 4:44 PM


Jane & Carol, Please accept our deepest sympathies to each of you and your families. May God bless you with the strength needed at this moment in time and with an abundance of sustaining memories in the years to come. With our thoughts and prayers,

Ronald & Scharlotte Preston and family gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 8:44 PM


Jane & Carol, So sorry for the loss of your mom. She will be missed by all who knew her. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Sharon (Shutes) Seals gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 12:31 AM


Our prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Eunice was a very lovely lady and well liked by everyone in the Three Rivers area. Judy-Gilchrist Mohney from Portland, OR.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 9:51 AM


Jane and Carol, Wishing you peace and comfort in your grief, my thoughts and love are with you and your family. Euni was an inspirational woman.

Lynne Liebling gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 1:48 PM


Jane, Carol & Families, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.May you find comfort & peace in your memories of your Mom. Blessings, The Hull Families

Virginia (Hull) Weaver gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 9:25 AM


Jane & Carol & Families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Your Mom was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

Janet (Isaac) Phillips gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 10:15 AM


Your mother never seemed "that old." She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Take Joy in the wonderful memories you have!

Maxine Isaac gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 1:20 PM


Jane and Carol: Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Cynthia Gillard gave their condolences on 10/6/2014 at 11:51 AM

Age 102

Date of Death September 19, 2014

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 26, 5:00-8:00 PM at Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers.
Services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 56050 Buckhorn Road, Three Rivers with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating.
Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Eunice Preston Harding, 102, passed peacefully at her home in Three Rivers Friday, September 19, 2014. Eunice was born August 15, 1912 at the home of her grandparents, Cynthia Jane (Hartman) and William James Doty in Constantine, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ivah Jane (Doty) and Fred (Carr) Preston. She is preceded in death by her husband, Otto R. Harding, and brothers, Max Preston and Jack Preston.
Eunice graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1931. Her elopement with Otto Harding in 1934 was a closely guarded secret as she worked as a telephone operator who could not be married as a condition for employment. The Harding’s resided in Detroit for 18 years where Eunice served as the first woman in the Photographic Department at General Motors. They returned to Three Rivers in 1955 where for 10 years they owned and operated the Dairy Queen and Parkside Drive-In on East Michigan Avenue.
Eunice worked in the financial office of Three Rivers High School before retiring to travel and garden. She remained a member of Michigan retired School Personnel, and was a life member of the Club of Little Gardens in recognition of 25 years of service. Eunice was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church, serving as the first woman on Church Council and as president of the local Lutheran Church Women. She was an avid bridge player as well as active in several organizations, including the Business and Professional Women, Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, and Barrows PTA.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane Brooks of Three Rivers and Carol Harding of Lake Bluff, Illinois; sons-in-law, James Brooks and Walter Jackson; and six grandchildren, Stephanie Brooks of Evanston, Illinois; Brian Brooks (Jodi Rector-Brooks) of Howell, Michigan; Brandi Clark (Jeff Clark) of Clearwater, Florida; Kate Harding-Jackson (James Sullivan) of Evanston; Dr. Nicholas Max Harding-Jackson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Alexandra Harding-Jackson of Lake Bluff. Great-grandchildren include: Zachary Norton of Evanston and Jarrid, Nolan, Zoey, and Gavin Rector-Brooks of Howell.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions in honor of Eunice’s lifelong interest in nature, wildlife, and animal rescue include: the Coon Hollow Preserve, Three Rivers/Fabius Township Trail, and ARF. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Condolence Messages(10)
Jane I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I loved her dearly and remember fondly all of our good times with your family.

Sue Hicks gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 2:57 PM


Jane and Carol , Our Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs to All of your Family. Your mom was a very special neighbor and friend. So many memories to treasure.

Margaret OConnell gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 4:44 PM


Jane & Carol, Please accept our deepest sympathies to each of you and your families. May God bless you with the strength needed at this moment in time and with an abundance of sustaining memories in the years to come. With our thoughts and prayers,

Ronald & Scharlotte Preston and family gave their condolences on 9/22/2014 at 8:44 PM


Jane & Carol, So sorry for the loss of your mom. She will be missed by all who knew her. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Sharon (Shutes) Seals gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 12:31 AM


Our prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Eunice was a very lovely lady and well liked by everyone in the Three Rivers area. Judy-Gilchrist Mohney from Portland, OR.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 9:51 AM


Jane and Carol, Wishing you peace and comfort in your grief, my thoughts and love are with you and your family. Euni was an inspirational woman.

Lynne Liebling gave their condolences on 9/23/2014 at 1:48 PM


Jane, Carol & Families, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.May you find comfort & peace in your memories of your Mom. Blessings, The Hull Families

Virginia (Hull) Weaver gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 9:25 AM


Jane & Carol & Families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Your Mom was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

Janet (Isaac) Phillips gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 10:15 AM


Your mother never seemed "that old." She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Take Joy in the wonderful memories you have!

Maxine Isaac gave their condolences on 9/24/2014 at 1:20 PM


Jane and Carol: Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Cynthia Gillard gave their condolences on 10/6/2014 at 11:51 AM