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In Memory of

Marie Kjellson Harding

November 29, 1926 - March 25, 2015

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Marie Kjellson Harding

Marie Harding, aged 88, died peacefully on March 25, 2015 at the home in Chevy Chase Maryland that she shared with her wonderful husband of 70 years. A visit to the emergency room in late January began her struggle to overcome a mild heart attack and a relentless pneumonia.

Marie was born on November 29, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Swedish immigrants, father Douglas William Kjellson and mother, Magda Kemner. At the age of 5 she moved to Georgetown in Washington DC with her mother...

Marie Kjellson Harding

Marie Harding, aged 88, died peacefully on March 25, 2015 at the home in Chevy Chase Maryland that she shared with her wonderful husband of 70 years. A visit to the emergency room in late January began her struggle to overcome a mild heart attack and a relentless pneumonia.

Marie was born on November 29, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Swedish immigrants, father Douglas William Kjellson and mother, Magda Kemner. At the age of 5 she moved to Georgetown in Washington DC with her mother and brother.

While attending Western High School, her mother became ill and Marie had to shoulder the responsibility of caring for herself and her brother. She was the first girl in Washington DC to have her own paper route to help support her family. She met the love of her life, Frances Harding when she was in junior high school and they married in 1945, shortly before he left for basic training in the Navy. In 1946 Marie and Francis had their one and only daughter Cheryl.
The family moved to Chevy Chase and Marie worked for the DC Department of Education. Marie's jewelry business and Avon sales supplemented her income.

Marie was a "care taker" for more than her aging parents and family. She guided and cared for several friends who today call her their second mother.
Marie is survived by her husband, Francis, her daughter Cheryl and husband Marshall her grandson, Russell and great grandchildren Kelsey and Trevor and her step granddaughter, Meg Graham and partner, Amy Jackson and their children Ella and Kate and her step grandson, John Graham and wife Jennifer and their children Emma and Jack.

There will be a viewing for Marie at Gawler's Funeral Home at 5310 Wisconsin Avenue NW (corner of Harrison St.), Washington DC 20016 from 2 to 3 PM on Saturday, March 28 2015. Services will follow immediately in the Joseph Hagan Memorial Chapel at Joseph Gawler's Sons at 3:00 PM.