The angels descended and wrapped Lora Lee Harding in their arms to bring her to the glorious place of no pain or sorrow on April 22, 2011. |
Lora, 43 years young, was born in Flemington, N.J., on April 19, 1968, to Elaine Pitka of Fairbanks and George H. Harding Jr. of Travelers Rest, S.C.
Those who have preceded her in passing are: her late grandfather and grandmother, Harry and Laura Pitka; uncles, Sherman Pitka and James King II; cousin, baby Jones; grandfather and grandmother, George and Abigail Harding.
Lora is survived by her daughter Jordan E. Harding, her son Gregory J. Erhart, mother Elaine F. Pitka and brother Nezekiel H. Pitka, all of Fairbanks; she also leaves a brother, Kenneth A. Harding (Marci) of Point McKenzie and children, Jena Harding (Bruce) and daughter Sharae; Laresa Goguen (Jonathon) and children Trystin and Haiden; Cara Jones, (Mike) and children Trinity and Christian; son James L. Harding, Lani and Kenneth E. Harding.
Other family members: her grandmother Elsie King; uncle Richard King; aunt Elsie M. King and children Joseph and Leslie Brooks; aunt Regina Eagleton and children Darin Eagleton and Nancy Oliver (Jim) and daughter Julie; aunt Elizabeth Forsberg and son Cy Two Elk; aunt Valene Kotongan (Terry) of Unalakleet with cousin Emma Forsberg (Dan) and children Tyler and Marina, all of Alaska.
The state side relatives include: her father George H. Harding Jr. and sister Mary Harding of South Carolina; uncle Michael and children Derek, Brent, Racheal and Sean of Colorado and Wyoming; aunt Maryann Charos (Angelos) and children Nickolas, Alexandra, Melanie (Mark) Nelson of New Hampshire; great-aunt Nancy Jones, children Mark Jones and children Michael and Jacquelyn; Jeffrey Jones and daughter Samantha; Jennifer Rider (Greg) and son; cousin Tiffany (Jamison) Pollack, all of Georgia. In addition, Lora is survived by another set of grandparents, Lewis and Lillian Pinkham and their children Daniel, Christine, Timothy and their families all of the East Coast. She also had a close friend who she considered her sister, Sandy Sands of Durango, Colo. Her friends and extended family relatives are too numerous to list but they all held a special place in her heart.
She grew up in New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon and then in 1979 she moved to Ruby, where she graduated in 1986 from the Merriline A. Kangas School where she was on the cross country ski team, receiving numerous first-place trophies and medallions. She loved Spring Carnival in Ruby and entered the snowshoe race and dog team race.
Lora attended college in Washington State and the University of Alaska where she was working toward an associate in applied science degree in applied business.
Lora worked for a tourist establishment, the Grizzley Bear, U.S. Airport Security and then the U.S. Postal Service where she had to memorize hundreds of ZIP codes to be eligible as an applicant.
Lora was very kind hearted and always took time to say "Hi and how are you doing" and had a smile for everyone. She found enjoyment in visiting her friends and playing Bingo.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her and memories of the good times will remain in our hearts forever. May our sweet angel rest in peace.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 8, 2011