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Mary Estelle Harding

Mary Estelle Harding

Mary Estelle Harding, 71, of Bemidji, MN, died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at her home in Bemidji.

Private services will be held by her family. Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

Mary was born on March 26, 1943, in Orange County, New Jersey; the daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy (Schwendener) Harding. She graduated from Kimberly High School in 1961. Mary lived in many parts of the country, including New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, and South Dakota. She and her husband, James Meier, settled in Bemidji at their home on the banks of the Mississippi River. Mary had many different jobs on her journey, and enjoyed every one. Mary had many interests, but especially loved to care for her cats, crocheting, and maintaining her garden and flowers. She enjoyed being by the water and out in nature. Mary spent a lot of time volunteering at her favorite places, including the Bemidji Public Library, and the Red Door Bookstore. Mary was a very intelligent, free-spirited person, with a love of books, nature, and her family. Harding, we will miss you!

She is survived by: Husband,James Meier of Bemidji, MN, Children, Katheryn Meier of Monee, IL,Karen Cruz of Tinley Park, IL, Daniel (Gina) Meier of Wauseon, OH, Grandchildren, Seth Anderson of Tinley Park, IL, Stephanie Cruz of Tinley Park, IL, Jacob Meier of Wauseon, OH, Abigail Meier of Wauseon, OH, Sister-in-law, Shirley Harding of Minot, ND, And Marys many friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her grandfather, John Schwendener, grandmother, Barbara "Hoo Hoo" Schwendener, father, B.P. Harding, mother, Dorothy Harding, and brother, John Harding.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Meow Match, Feline Rescue, Inc., 593 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul, MN, 55104, or online at

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