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Edith Claire "Mema" Harding, 92, Nashville

Edith Claire "Mema" Harding, 92, Nashville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Brown County Health & Living Community.

Edith was born in North Providence Rhode Island. She moved to Tracy, California, in 1945 after marrying David Andrew Harding, a yardmaster for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

After being a Tracyite for nearly 55 years, at 78, Edith relocated to Nashville, where her daughter Kim Harding (Jones) resides. Her oldest daughter, Cindy Harding (Nannarelli) lives in Florence, Italy.

To those who knew Edith, she was an outgoing and energetic spirit who spent most of her waking hours in her kitchen. She loved donning an apron to cook, cook, cook, for friends, family and neighbors. Her savory dishes and generosity will deeply be missed. Although Edith would tell you she didn’t like to fly - her first plane ride was a short, 30-minute jaunt from Stockton, California, to Fresno to visit daughter Cindy, who was studying there in the '70s - Edith proceeded to cross the big pond numerous times over during the last three decades to visit Cindy in Italy. Her last trip to the "old world" was a mere 18 months ago. Needless to say, she was a traveler at heart.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Alessandro) Nannarelli of Florence, Italy, and Kim (Frank) Jones of Nashville; five grandchildren, Andrea and Matteo Nannarelli, Alison, Cody and Silas (Rachel) Jones; three great-granddaughters; a brother, Alphonso Barbato Jr. of Westerly, Rhode Island; and a sister, Janice Harding Clark of Portland, Oregon.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 47 years, David Andrew Harding; parents, Alphonso Barbato and Maria Di Tomasso; and siblings Julia, Joseph and Frank Barbato and Viola Berbari.

A funeral Mass and luncheon will be conducted at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2.

A celebration of life graveside service for burial with her husband will be conducted in September at Tracy Memorial Cemetery in Tracy, California. The exact date will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Edith be made to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance to fund research and clinical trials for the disease that afflicts her grandson, Cody. One-time donations can be made online at tsalliance.org. Click “Donate now.” Checks can be mailed to: Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

On-line condolences can be sent to the family at bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.

Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 1
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 1
    Time for inner peace set at local church
    5:30 to 7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • September 2
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane
  • September 3
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    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 4
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 4
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    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
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  • September 8
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    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
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    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
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  • September 9
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    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
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    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
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  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
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  • September 18
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  • September 19
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  • September 19
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  • September 20
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