Harding, Willa

February 23, 2017 GMT

Willa Harding September 18, 1932 - February19, 2017 Wilhelmina “Willa” Harding, 84, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home. Willa was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on September 18, 1932 to David Farold and Ida Elzina Hansen Conrad. Willa graduated valedictorian from Iona High School, where she participated in cheerleading, tap dancing, and dramatic productions. Her best friends were ZoAnn Denning and Janice Rockwood. She attended Ricks College, where she was elected homecoming queen. She transferred to Brigham Young University where she as an active member of the O.S. Trovata Social Group. She graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education and a double minor in Accounting and Speech with a Secondary Teacher’s Certificate. Willa married the love of her life, Ralph R. Harding on August 11, 1954, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Together they had 5 children; Ralph, Cherie, Charlene, John and Cozette. Willa was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served as Ward Primary President, Relief Society President, and Stake Relief Society President. She was a gifted teacher in all Church Auxiliaries and a faithful visiting teacher to the end. Willa was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Willa’s main interests have been her husband and her children, she enjoyed traveling with Ralph to Europe, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and many areas in the United States. Willa loved to read, and enjoyed her monthly book club. She also loved to cook and bake, and was a wonderful hostess. The greatest joy of Willa’s life was to visit after the birth of each grandchild and take care of the new baby, mother, and the rest of the family. In Willa’s later years she enjoyed her great-grandchildren. Willa is survived by her children; Ralph David (Reggie Mendiola) Harding, of Donnelly, Idaho, Cherie Harper (Kirk) Clawson, of Blackfoot, Idaho, Charlene (Glenn) Johnson, of Park City, Utah, John Kennedy (LaNae Willis) Harding, of Kuna, Idaho, and Cozette (Fred) Kesler, of Milpitas, California, as well as 31 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren and a beloved extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Harding, her parents, David and Ida, her brothers, Farold and Gary Conrad,her sisters, Karen Marie and Madge Conrad, Margaret Neil, Edna Hansen, and Edith Stephens, her granddaughter Laken LaNae Harding, and son in law Marvin John Harper. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Dr., Blackfoot, Idaho. The family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the stake center. Interment will be held 3:00 p.m. following the service at the Malad Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorials be made the Children Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT.