We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Rose Chapel Mortuary and Crematory FD#899
Mildred "Millie" Harding passed away July 26, 2021. She was born December 4th, 1937 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Lawrence and Pearl Lovaas. At the age of 7 she settled with her family in Ashland, Oregon where she grew up and attended school. It was in Ashland where she met and married Stan Harding on June 9th, 1956. The first 9 years of their marriage they lived in Southern California. They relocated to Sabastopol and then Central Valley before settling in Paradise in 1966.
Millie worked as a receptionist for the Paradise Alliance Church for 25 years. As a member there, she also served in various volunteer positions. She also volunteered at the Paradise library, working in the adult literacy program. After her retirement, she worked several years providing in-home care for the elderly.
Millie enjoyed baking, gardening, reading and traveling. Spending time with family and friends was a special joy to her. She was a lifelong animal lover, and had trouble turning down a cat or dog in need.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Pearl, husband Stan and son Jonathan. She is survived bt her brother Richard Lovaas of San Jose; children Julie Sherrill of Chico and Steve Harding of Paradise; grandchildren Shannon Lindeman of Petaluma, Courtney Rowe oof Chico, Joe Giralico of Paradise and Carissa Harding of Paradise. She also enjoyed eight great grandchildren, Kaitlyn ,Emma, Matthew, Liliana, David, Jayda, Benjamin and Ethan.
Millie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We all will miss her warm spirit and cheerful personality.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Samaritan's Purse or Paradise Alliance Church. A celebration of Millie's life will be held Saturday August 14th at 2 P.M. at Paradise Alliance Church.