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Joy Anne Harding, 52, of Milford, Delaware, passed away on May 31, 2012 at her home.
Born November 12, 1959 in Cambridge, Md. she was the daughter of Darcy Mathew Sr and Joyce Kempster Nielsen Harding.
She attended Dorchester County schools and graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School with the class of 1978.
Joy Anne worked as a waitress for over twenty years and was employed at the Magnolia Restaurant in Magnolia, DE at the time of her death.
Surviving besides her parents, are two sons Joseph Lee and Devon Mathew DeSaulniers of Madison; two brothers Darcy Mathew Harding Jr. and wife Judy; Samuel Lee Harding and wife Elizabeth; sister Lorin J. Harding Stewart and husband Joe all of whom live on the Harding farm in Cambridge; three nieces; four nephews and numerous relatives; also a special friend Robert Wilson.
She will be greatly missed by her little dog Daisey.
Preceding her in death was a brother Larry Lesley Harding.
Joy's wishes were to be cremated. Her ashes will be brought home to the family farm at Town Point and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Joy to the Antioch Methodist Church, c/o Susan Meredith, 2073 Dailsville Road, Cambridge, Md. 21613.
Arrangements are entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge, Md.
To send online condolences, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
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Facts Born: November 12, 1959
Death: May 31, 2012
BEVERLEE WADESCHURMAN MY DEAR FRIEND ,since we were both scorpios we thought alike and had many good days together..I just learned you were gone today and have lost someone DEAR..The world is less of a place..MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND..LOVE BEVERLEE 10/03/2012 Matt To my extended Maryland family et al. My heart is heavy upon hearing the news of Joy's recent passing. Please accept my sincerest heartfelt condolences, and sympathies my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joy's name say's it all. Joy Anne, is some ways, part of, some my earliest memories as a young boy, and her as my younger cousin from "far away," closest in age, a middle kid like me, is why I think why we indentified with each other, more so than some of our other cousins and relatives or family members. Mostly I think of summer's spent at Grandma's house in N.J. or at the farm in MD visiting, hanging out, watching TV, playing games, swimming, riding bikes, making fun of each other, teasing, and occasionally bickering, and other such things children often would engage in. I can still remember vividly at Grandma's, all the kids would hang out on the dock, seeing who could skip rocks in the lagoon the best, or horsing around with the seagulls, or other such mischievous activities, where grandma would tell us, " to stay away from the dock stairs before you fall in, and quit throwing those rocks please"! I remember her banana seat bike was the nicest bike too! Later in life, and now an adult, while living in Wash. DC, we got reacquainted with each other all over again. The rock concert, and the awesome Fourth of July fireworks show in the Mall downtown, where among some of my other favorite memories, her visit to Colorado was too short, but fun. She talked about how much she missed her kids, and called them often, as I recall. Someone once said that, "Those we hold closest to our hearts, never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness, and love they have brought into our lives." Well Joy Anne, thank you for those memories, I will cherish them forever and miss you much! As Gandhi once said: There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart! May God bless you! RIP! Matt 06/28/2012 Andrew Carson Joy Anne, We had good laughs when you where in Colorado last. You are missed and loved by your family and Colorado cousins. I hope your Mom, Dad, brothers, sister and children find comfort and cherish your memory. Cuz Andrew xxx 06/20/2012 Bob & Vicki Albrecht Dear Harding Family, We had the pleasure of meeting Joy Anne at Magnolia Restaurant. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Bob & Vicki 06/18/2012 Bernadette Devroey I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Joy's family. My husband, Paul, recently passed, always said Joy was his favorite waitress. I was so touched to see Joy at Paul's memorial service in February. Please accept my condolences on Joy's passing. 06/09/2012 Tammy Hurley Lyons Well it's been a week today since Joy left us I still can't find the right thing to say that could ease your pain I hope time will be a help i'm so thinking and praying for all of you. Love Tammy 06/07/2012 Yvette James Bechtel Joy you will be missed. I can remember grow up with you and having some of the best times in my life. My thoughts go out to your family cause I know that you will be missed. Love you and miss you. 06/07/2012 Rev. Fred Bahr, OSL With Deepest Sympathy for Joy's family and all her friends. 06/07/2012 Gale Brohawn Mitchell Joy, I know you're in a better place but you are missed so much by everyone that every met you. I'm so grateful for all the fun times we had, I will never forget you. My heart goes out to your wonderful family, I just can't imagine what they're going through. I will always remember your beautiful smile!! 06/07/2012 Alta L Pontius Joy will always be remembered by us. We feel blessed to have known her. 06/06/2012 John Jull 06/06/2012 Wayne and Colleen Bromwell We are so sorry for your loss and my what a shock. We can not imagine. Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. 06/06/2012 Janet Bradford To Joy's family: I was shocked, and saddened, to learn of Joy Anne's passing. We were not as close in adulthood as we were in childhood, and for that I am sorry. I last was with Joy Anne at the 30 year class reunion, I had stopped in to Super Soda and invited her to come over after she got off from work (back in 2008). He bright eyes will always be a memory I will hold dear. She had the most amazing personality and spirit. God Bless each of the boys, Joseph and Devon, and keep you under His watchful care. 06/05/2012 Crystal Crismond Joy, you were such a sweet lady. I am grateful for your friendship and for the conversations we had in recent years to reconnect. RIP my friend. Lots of love, Crystal 06/05/2012 Terry Abbott Joy, I will miss you!!! It has been a while since I have seen you, but I remember the good times at Airpax and when we would go for the girls night out, especially when Transfusion played. Also had a couple fun nights at Madison Bay!!! You will be missed my friend!!! 06/04/2012 Charlotte Nuton JOy and I shared so many laughs and memories. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Her smile is lighting the heaven skies. We all will be missing you. 06/04/2012 dianne ellerbusch Joy will greatly be missed prayers go out to her family. 06/04/2012 Darcy Harding Jr. Thursday night when meeting Sam for a cold one at the campfire to honor you, I seen a plane in the sky with it's landing lights on, then starting remembering when we were real young out in the yard one night and I told you it was a flying car searching for kids in the dark. Then you running and hiding under the car in the driveway to it couldn't see you. The days when we were kids when the front yard would flood and we would swim and play in the ditch and yard. Had a lot of good times. Will miss having you with me to laugh and share those times with others. I will never forget "Come on... Get up!" Rest in peace sis. I love you. Darcy 06/04/2012 EDDIE AND PHYLLIS FRAZIER-JAMES DEAR DARCY, JOYCE AND FAMILY: WE ARE SO SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU. WE CAN HONESTLY SAY WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE FEELING. OUR DAUGHTER (BORN THE SAME YEAR AS JOY) DIED TWO YEARS AGO THE 21ST OF THIS MONTH.JUST KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER GET OVER IT BUT YOU WILL LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT. JOY WAS AS BEAUTIFUL A HUMAN BEING AS SHE WAS TO LOOK AT; AND OH THAT SMILE. I LOVE YOU ALL AND WILL BE THINKING OF YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU. LOVE, PHYLLIS 06/04/2012 Cheryl Engle Joy, We had alot of good times in school. May you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Cheryl & Ronald Engle 06/04/2012 Tim Marshall Joy will always be my special girl, my special friend, and special in my heart. We had lots of fun times together during those "puppy love" years so long ago but always remained a dear friend. The Hardings welcomed me into their home and accepted me as one of their own and have always remained close. Love ya always girl. Timmy 06/04/2012 Sharon Dail Bull Praying for Joy's sons and family at this difficult time. Nothing but good memories of Joy from our school years together. 06/04/2012 Sam harding Thanks for taking me to my first rock concert, those times in annapolis and for those moments around the kitchen table drinking coffee at Mom and Dads. I'll miss ya Sis and love ya very much! -Your little brother Sam (your "SGT FURY") 06/04/2012 Kay Rhea Darcy and Judy so sorry for your loss...thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. 06/04/2012 Tina Woodland Weber I'm so sorry to hear about Joy. My heart and prayers goes out to your family. Sending you lots of love and hugs. May God help you through this and he will. 06/04/2012 Diane and Frank Coppola I am so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family. Our prayers are with you. 06/04/2012 Tina and Laurence Walter I am so sorry to hear this news. We remember Joy from so many years ago in school. Her name certainly fit. To the family, take comfort that she surely is with Jesus. 06/04/2012 Tammy Holliday Brown Joy was always a happy girl always smiling! Thoughts and prayers go to the family and she will be missed! 06/04/2012 Rosie Foxwell It's sad for this world to lose such a ray of sunshine. Remembering our times together. Although we both were from the class of 78, our history started while working at Airpax. You made me laugh girl. And we had some fun. The motorcycle trip to OC what a day. Then getting the chance to see you not to long ago and knowing you were the same amazing joyful person who I adore. You will be missed...your friend Rosie Foxwell. 06/04/2012 Laura Perez Good bye Joy. I love you and will greatly miss you. 06/04/2012 Lynn Stavdal to the family of Joy....I am so sorry to hear of Joy's passing. What a wonderful friend she has been to me and many others. She always had a smile and a laugh for me. You are all in my prayers. 06/04/2012 Cynthia Ann (Harding) Marshall Joy was one of the sweetest people I've known. I think she must have had a heart of gold. Even though we didn't see each other very often, I always felt very close to my cousin...and I liked that very much. I will miss her, and my heart aches for her boys and all of you. May God bring you a peace that surpasses all understanding and may you draw nearer Him for comfort and hope. Joy truly was beautiful to me. My dad and my mom both thought very highly of Joy, and I know my dad will miss her sweet calls. Love & prayers, Cyndi 06/04/2012 Nancy Dayton Cantville Lori & Family Sorry to hear of Joy's passing. Hold on to your memories that you had with her. What I will remember about her will be her Smile and her "Big" dimples! May you find comfort and peace with her passing Love Nancy & Family 06/03/2012 Donna Walter Kibbe It has been awhile, but the years don't change the years on the school bus and many years of school. I am so saddened by your loss as most of us on Dailsville. I will always remember Joy's giggle. 06/03/2012 Mary Brooks Calloway My heart felt sympathies to the family and her friends for your loss. My prayer is for Joy to be at peace in Jesus arms and that each of her loved ones may find comfort in His grace and never ending love. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 06/03/2012 Tammy Bennett Wielgosz Your in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will cherish my memories of Joy Ann forever. I will cherish our "catching up talk" at MaMa funeral oh how we laugh. God has a new angel for sure. Aunt Joyce and Uncle Darcy please let me know if I can help or ease your suffering at this sudden loss in the family. Love Tammy 06/03/2012 Debbie Harding Chance Uncle Darcy, Aunt Joyce, Darcy, Lorin and Sam...... I am so saddened to hear of Joy's untimely and sudden passing. My heart aches for your family and you remain in my thoughts and prayers as your days ahead will certainly present an overwhelming sadness within the Harding family. With much love, Debbie Love, Debbie 06/02/2012 Tommy Willey I am very sorry to hear about joy.I will miss her a lot. If there is anything I can do for you please call me. 06/02/2012 Lorin J. Stewart If tears could build a stairway and thoughts a memory lane I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again No Farewell words were spoken No time to say good-bye You were gone before I knew it And only God knows why. My heart's still active in sadness And secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one can ever know. But now I know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store. Since you'll never be forgotten I pledge to you today A hallowed place within my heart Is where you'll always stay. RIP...... Love you, your sister ~Lorin~ 06/02/2012
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