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Dorothy Harding

October 15, 1938 ~ May 26, 2021 (age 82)


The Obituary

Dorothy Harding was born October 15, 1938 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Arthur Morris and Anna Polk. Dorothy was a happy child who loved spending time with her sisters Arleana and Bea. She had no fears because her older brothers Paul Lee and Howard Lee always protected her.


As a little girl Dorothy moved with her family from Wilmington to Philadelphia. Attended Reynolds Elementary, Vaux Middle School and Edward W. Bok Technical High School where she graduated with Honors earning her high school diploma.


When Dorothy met her husband Hazel Harding she fell in love! Devoting her life to creating a beautiful family with him. She gave birth to her first son, Everett Harding on June 2, 1958, and following that her daughter Pier on May 24, 1960.   She

cherished her family dearly. 


Dorothy was a woman who wore many hats.  During her career she held several different positions in retail where she was always viewed as an amazing worker. She never late nor missed a day of work.  She loved what she did and always showed professionalism and great work ethic at all places of employment. During her free time she loved to travel and visit the casinos with her friends and especially with her late sister Beatrice Brooks. As a member of a travel club she traveled to many destinations such as Cancun, Las, Vegas, and Canada just to name a few.  She devoted her home time to family - she cooked up delicious family dinners everyday and loved to have an occasional cocktail.  Her smile and laughter was infectious.  She was very spiritual and was firm believer in God’s work through prayer. She was a member of Miller Memorial Baptist church in North Philadelphia where she as well her children were baptized.


During these last years of her beautiful life, Dorothy fought hard against the disease that caused her health to decline. Even with that she stood strong and had faith through it all. She still wanted her life to be normal - she didn’t have an illness if you asked, the illness had her.  She still smiled bright, wanted to go out and spend time with family during different holidays as she always did.  


Dorothy Harding was called home to be with our Lord on May 26, 2021 at her home of more than 34 years.  She will be beyond missed by all - her heart stood out before anything.  She leaves a legacy of love and cherished memories to: her daughter Pier Cofer, her Grandchildren Sakinah Harding, Nyana, Nate, Nyshawn, Laquana, Vanessa and Tiffany; great-grandchildren Jaden, Peyton, Aiden, and Samiyah; a special cousin, Ellen Gardner who is blessed to see the age of 103; cousin Lulu, Tawanda, and Ralph Junior and a host of other loving relatives and many special Friends.


Submitted With Love, the Family  

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June 3, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19126-2844

Celebration of Life
June 3, 2021

11:00 AM
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19126-2844


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