6 December, 1929 – 19 March, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dora Harding, our beloved mom, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She passed away peacefully on Friday, March 19 with her children at her side in the Keir Care Centre, Barrhead, at the age of 91. Dora was born on Dec 6, 1929 to Andres and Martha Wende, the oldest of 9 children, in Bruderheim, Alberta where she spent her formative years. She is lovingly remembered by her son Garry Borg (Ruth), daughter Linda Hewitt (Reg) and daughter Sandra Harding (Dwaine); grandchildren: Chandra Devaux, Jodie Holden (Grenn), Shawn Hewitt, Kyla Oatway (Tyson), Anthony Borg (Samantha), Ashley Smith (Chris) and Warren Borg (Elizabeth); great grandchildren: Sierra Devaux, Kianna Holden, Reilly Holden, Rowyn Smith, Erik Smith, Ryker Oatway, Ayvril Holden and Cade Oatway; and her brother Rudy Wende and sisters Erna Johnson, Margaret Christianson (Don) and Eleanor Skaley (Sig) as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husbands Anton Borg and Edward Harding, partner Fred St. Arnault, brothers Raymond, Albert and William and sister, Esther.
Mom truly appreciated family dinners, socializing and playing cards with family and friends, activities at the seniors’ centre, attending country opry’s, and especially, dancing! Memories from her children:
Garry: One of my best memories of my mom is sitting on her knee every week reading the children's story from the "Family Herald" magazine. Today I am grateful that she taught me my ABC's and to count to 100 before I began Grade 1. Her thoughtful teaching gave me a great start in school, university and life.
Linda: One of my best memories of Mom when I was growing up was picking blueberries and wild strawberries. Another great memory was going to the Delta Drive-in theatre. My brother, sister and I would ride in the back of the truck on a mattress and sing songs. When we got to the drive-in, we would all squeeze into the cab of the old Mercury truck to watch the movie and eat snacks. On the way home we would lie on the mattress and watch the stars go by and then the girders on the bridge, if we hadn’t fallen asleep. Many times mom and I would walk around the fields and then visit Mrs. Wallis for cake and coffee. We had great visits, something mom loved to do. When I moved to Barrhead, I would take Mom to Glamery Greenhouses to buy flowers and plants. We would go back home, plant them and then go for an ice cream treat. Many Sundays I would go for a visit after she came home from church. I would also take Mom and Fred to bingo and supper in Westlock as bingo was another one of her fun activities. Such great memories …
Sandra: Sometime in the 1960’s, during the winter months, we would be almost out of coal oil fuel for the lamps. As my dad was away on the trapline, our mom would bundle up her 3 children and walk down the steep riverbank, cross the Freeman River and trudge through the bush, making a path in the snow to enable us to make our way to our Aunt Annie and Uncles Hegward’s place. This was a trip of about 1 1/2 miles one way. We always stayed for the day and had so much fun playing with our cousins while mom visited. Before dark we would walk back home this time up the steep bank with my brother carrying the coal oil. Mom often had to help me as she said my little legs just couldn’t make another step. What a trooper our mother was, never taking a gun or any other means of protection. She was never fearful of the wilderness. I always loved it when she tucked me into bed pushing the blankets tightly on either side of me so they fit just right. Many good times were spent at Granny Wende’s with many of our Aunts and Uncles playing the card game “Bugger Your Neighbour” as mom so loved to play cards. She also loved to dance so much that she was called the dancing sister. There are so many memories that I cannot begin to mention them all. We did not have much in the way of possessions but we had a whole lot of love.
The family would like to thank the Keir Care staff for thoughtfully caring for our mother. A family service was held on Wednesday, Mar 24 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Barrhead.
Donations made in Dora’s memory to a charity of your choice will be appreciated by the family; making such donations was something Dora did regularly.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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24 March 2021
My condolences. I was saddened by the news of your precious Dora passing. She had such a lively spirit and love of the simple things in life. She was a lovely lady. Rest In Peace Dora.
24 March 2021
We wish to extend our sincere sympathies on your great loss of Dora. We enjoyed having Dora as our next door neighbor and friend for many years. May God bless you with His comfort and strength. Sincere condolences, Audrey & Pep Zilli
22 March 2021
Dora was my Aunt & we would like to express our sincere sympathy & send virtual HUGS to all the family members. I have lots of great memories as we were often together & the cousins were like having extra siblings. Dora worked hard on the farm milking cows & doing other chores - she even spent time on the trapline. It was nice to see she had such a long life to enjoy her grandchildren. Dora was never boring & certainly enjoyed her time on earth. We were fortunate to know her. - the photo is colourized of the farm - Anton on the tractor with his brother - Cousin Louise & family
Sandy and Ed Dohei
21 March 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. So many fond memories and fun times with your Mom and all the family. Thinking of you all and sending our love. Sandy and Ed
Bonny Pigeon (Cartwright)
20 March 2021
I was saddened to hear the passing of Aunt Dora. It had been years since I had seen her, but the memories of when I was younger and visiting the family with my mom will always be treasured.