December 27, 1955 ~ August 2, 2021 (65 years old)
Struthers – Deborah C. Harding, 65, passed away on Monday afternoon August 2, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Youngstown.
Deborah was born December 27, 1955 in Cleveland, daughter of the late Vernon and Ida Phillips Symes.
A graduate of Poland Seminary High School, she received her BA in Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Iota fraternity. While a voice student at the Dana School of Music, Deborah met another voice student, C. Anthony Harding, and they were married on July 19, 1980. They celebrated nearly 25 years of marriage until on Anthony’s untimely death on May 5, 2005.
Deborah held several office positions throughout her life, but considered her true profession to be in the creative arts. She was the choir director of local churches, including the former First Christian Church in Youngstown. She has written on many topics and interests. Most recently, she worked as the Medical Records Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown, with over 20 years of service.
Deborah was a member of the United Methodist Church of Poland, where she was active on several committees and was a member of its choir and the Praise & Worship team. As a teenager, she was a member of the Daughters of Job.
Artistic and extremely astute, Deborah enjoyed writing, publishing her own book, The Green Guide to Herb Gardening, collecting books by her favorite authors, crocheting, jewelry making, cooking, and watching HGTV and ghost shows. Always passionate about music, Deborah and her husband were members of the Ravenwood Singers, Wade Raredon Singers and the Family Group Dragonscales. She was also an accomplished guitarist.
Deborah is survived by her daughters, Dana (Ryan) Heckathorn of Struthers and Callie (Remy) Blanc of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France; grandchildren, Bailee Evans, Owen Cooley and Griffin Heckathorn; stepmother, Eugenia Timpson of Michigan; and sisters-in-law, Linda (Bill) Newroe of New Mexico and Lu Harding of Texas.
In addition to her parents and husband, Deborah was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy Kraizel and Gail Humble.
Family and friends will be received Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Gifford as celebrant. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Boardman.
While the flowers are beautiful, the family suggests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions on Deborah’s name to the Library Foundation, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44503.
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