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“What a reunion in HEAVEN for dear Ethel! We mourn for your earthly loss but celebrate as we know she is certainly walking the streets of Gold!Thank...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Amy (Nelson) Knutson

“Greg, Kim, & Family,I was blessed to be able to know Ethel and to be her hairstylist for so many years. She was an amazing woman and an...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Elisha Fitzpatrick

“AM SARY TO HEAR OF YOUR MOTHER ETHEL. I HAVE LOT OF FOND MEMORYS OF HER AND YOUR DAD.GOD BLESS YOU ALL ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: AL MERRITT

“Greg, Kim and Family, so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Heartfelt condolences sent with prayers of comfort for all. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Rachel Millican

“In celebration of this kind, dear soul, Ethel, the community and the world is so very blessed to have had her in our presence. To her family and...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Devlin-Collicott

“In celebration of this kind, driven, dear sweet soul, Ethel, the community and the world is so very blessed to have been graced with her presence, To...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Devlin-Collicott

“So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Greg. I heard about this from my sister, Terri, who was a VERY good friend of your sister Lana. You...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jane (Johnson) Kill

“Gary and family, Lana and I were best friends. We would always go across the street to see your Mom. I miss them both as if it were yesterday. I...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Terri Johnson Lupo

“Greg and family, I have very fond memories of my times spent with Ethel talking about our families and certain political events, but most of all we...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Roger Carlson

“Ethel was always such a warm and caring soul, and ever the lady. She set a wonderful example of living your faith and will be sorely missed forever...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Joanie Vinson

“We are so sad to hear of Ethel's passing. We have always enjoyed our visits with her at the lake and will miss her smile and wave as we drove by. ...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Bob and Linda Hermes

“Greg and family...So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of my high school years with Lana and my years working...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Arlyn and Karen Amundson

“I want to send my prayers to your family.i know this is hard to go through, but always remember that our heavenly father gives us hope for the future...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Annie

“To the Harding clan, my prayers and condolences to you. I know what a great part Grandma Ethel was in your lives. She leaves a great legacy in...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Robyn (Onsager) Carlson

“Greg and Family, the Thorson Family here in Missouri would like share our sorrow in the passing of Aunt Ethel, may she wait to gather us in the...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Don,Kelley and the boys..

“My condolences Greg. Your Mom and were both very nice people. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Dick Culver

“Greg and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Ethel was always so friendly and nice. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Dani Phiel

“Greg & family,We are so sorry for your loss. Ethel was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed her when I worked at the courthouse & visiting with...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Buck & Sandy Weaver


Ethel Marie Harding passed away February 1, 2013. She was born in Fishtail, Montana, on September 19, 1927, the second daughter of Milton C. Israel and Marguerite C. Hucke Israel. She was raised on farms west of Billings, in and around the Broadview area, until she attended high school. She graduated from Billings Senior High. She married Warren G. Harding, also from Broadview, on May 6, 1943. After their marriage, Warren was shipped off to the European front in World War II. During the 31 months he was overseas, Ethel finished school, and went to California to live with her Aunt Marie. While in California, she attended business college and worked to save money toward the down payment of their first home. They ranched and had businesses in and around the Billings area. They moved to a ranch west of Polson, Montana in November of 1954. Two children were born to Ethel and Warren. Lana Clair was born in May of 1950 and Warren Greg 1951. While ranching, Ethel started her business career in the Sheriff's Office of Lake County where she was secretary and Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Bill Graham. She then worked as Deputy Clerk in the Clerk of District Court's office. From there she ran for Lake County Clerk and Recorder and held that office from January 1, 1966 until December 31, 1984. After leaving the Clerk's office, she transitioned to State Senator from Montana Senate District 25 until December 31, 1996. In 1974, after having just graduated from college, and while working in her first teaching assignment, her precious daughter Lana was unexpectedly taken home to heaven. Through this tragedy Ethel's focus truly turned heavenward and all earthly things took second place. She was on a mission. It was her mission to win, first her family and friends, then Lake County, the State of Montana, and the world for the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 46 years, daughter Lana, grandson, Ryan. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kim Harding of Ronan, Montana; Grand-children: Jayme and Keegan Lenker of Pasadena, CA; Tyler and Katie Harding of Nampa, Idaho, Jenna Harding of Ronan, Montana; and Trenton Harding of Ronan, Montana; great-grandchildren, Joncee and Kaizlee Lenker and Tatum and Colton Harding; sisters, Betty Rue of Polson, Montana; Thelma Bartz of Helena, Montana; and the sister she raised, Sandra, and Sandra's husband, Pat Henderson, of Green River, Wyoming; sister-in-law, Beulah Kerber of Columbus Montana; numerous and beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many many friends. After leaving public office, she felt God's call to develop a children's ministry in Lake County. This ministry has grown and expanded through the years, and with the help of many other dedicated volunteers, this ministry has impacted the lives of countless children, young people and their families. Memorial services were held Sunday, February 3, 2013. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Ethel Harding, please feel free to give to the children's ministry which was so dear to her heart. You may do this by sending a check to the Pablo Church of the Nazarene, P. O. Box 276, Pablo, Montana 59855, or online through the Ethel M. Harding Memorial Fund website: www.gofundme.com/1zbf5o. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.