First Posted: 12/20/2006


ESTHER V. HARDER, 95, died at 5:05 p.m. Dec. 18, 2006, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.

She was born Feb. 16, 1911, in DeGraff to Olliver S. and Bertha DeWeese Vance, who preceded her in death. On June 6, 1936, she married Dr. Cecil J. Harder, who died Aug. 7, 1986.

Mrs. Harder was a district director for Mahoning Valley Council of the Camp Fire Girls and had been a teacher in Sidney and Hubbard school districts. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Federation of Women's Business Association and former president of the Cleveland Elementary School PTA. She was a member of the Progress Study Club, where she gave several book reviews. She attended Wittenberg College, where was a member of Alpha Zi Delta Sorority. She was an avid bridge player.

Survivors include a son, John C. (Susan) Harder, of Eden, N.C.; a daughter, Judith Cole, of Lima; six grandchildren, John C. Harder Jr., Holly (David) Dalton, Scott V. Harder, Kerry (John) Casey, Matthew Harder and Melissa A. (John) Waller; and three great-grandchildren, Kayley Dalton, Bradley (Jenny) Waller and Ashley A. Waller.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Vance; and a sister, Velma Vance.

Services will begin at 7 p.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. Pastor George E. Purdle will officiate.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. until time of services today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.

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