STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Rachel Harden, age 74, died Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro. Mary was born February 17, 1940, in Richlands, Virginia. She graduated from Richlands High School and attended Berea College in Kentucky. Mary and her husband, Clarke, moved to Statesboro in 1974. Her many skills and passions led her to numerous careers in Bulloch County. She was an accountant with H & R Block, human resources director for Woolworth of Statesboro, director of the Women's Place program of Pineland Community Service Board and executive director of Citizens Against Violence, from which she retired in October 2013.
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Mary was a pioneer in the efforts to establish services for victims of domestic violence in Bulloch County. Before becoming director, she worked tirelessly as a volunteer with CAV. After becoming director, she expanded the services offered from a crisis shelter to one that includes outpatient, extended living and many supports for both residents and outpatients. Under her direction, the very successful fund raiser "Dancing with the Statesboro Stars," was begun and continues to provide much needed financial support for the program.
Mary was a committed member of Altrusa Club of Statesboro, where she was honored as Altrusan of the Year in 2007-2008. Since retiring, Mary has been a weekly volunteer for ACTS (Area Christians Together in Service). Her contributions and tireless efforts for people in need are well known by those who worked with her and those who were recipients of her love and care. Mary was a dedicated member of Cornerstone Church, where she served as trustee and mentor to many.
Mrs. Harden was preceded in death by her husband, James Clarke Harden; her parents, Pearl Casey Smith and Frank Kelley Smith; a sister, Nadine S. Casey; a brother, Kelly Smith Jr.; and an infant sister and brother.
Surviving are her sisters and brothers-in-law, Leigh and Vernon Woods of Beaufort, S.C., and Patsy and Darrell Spicer of Bridgewater, Va.; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dianne and Gary Rhodes of Wrens and Dulcie Smith of Richland, Va.; a special friend, Nancy Waters of Statesboro; her canine babies, Ollie and Mimi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday at Cornerstone Church, 500 Woodrow Avenue, Statesboro, Ga., from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Neubert officiating, assisted by the Rev. Randy Adams.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Altrusa Club of Statesboro.
The graveside service and burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Waldens United Methodist Church Cemetery in Avera, Georgia.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Cornerstone Church, P.O. Box 1373, Statesboro, Ga. 30459; or Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS), 515 Denmark Street, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, August 19, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 19 to Aug. 27, 2014