Adelaine Harding, April 4, 1921 — March 8, 2014, of Columbia

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 6:21 p.m. CST; updated 6:33 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — Adelaine Tattersall (Tat) Harding, 92, of Columbia, Missouri died peacefully at the Bluffs, surrounded by her family, Saturday, March 8, 2014.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home Tuesday, March 11, at noon with the Memorial service to follow at 1:00 pm.

Tat was born April 4, 1921, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Joseph and Jessie Lund Tattersall. She graduated from Central High School, attended Briar Cliff College, and graduated from St. Joseph Mercy College of Nursing all located in Sioux City, Iowa. She served as an RN in Europe in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, assigned to both general and field hospitals. Later, in the Air Force Nurse Corps, she attained the rank of captain and married then-Capt. James B. Harding on May 31, 1952, at the Rapid City A.F.B., South Dakota. After raising their family in St. Louis, they retired to Columbia in 1985.

Tat was an auxiliary member of both the national and mid-Missouri chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a member of the American Legion Post 202, Unity Center of Columbia and Show-Me Cosmopolitan Club. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Columbia and the Columbia Area Senior Center.

As a very active member and volunteer with the Greater St. Louis Dog Training Club, she served as treasurer and president. Her love of dogs and devotion to all areas of training, including obedience and field work, were shared with her beloved canine kids Middie, Liesl, Pepper, Libby, Lyric, Polly, Molly, Katie and Madge.

Survivors include children Clinton T. Harding and Carolyn H. Ezzell of Columbia and Dianne H. Jacobson (Scott) of Rhinelander WI; grandchildren Michele Herndon (Matthew) of St. Louis, Stephanie Hildebrand (Travis) and Gabriel Harding of Columbia; two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Cora Spann of Ashland, KY, and her bestest friend, Gladys Kinkead of Fenton, MO.

Tat is preceded in death by her husband, James B. Harding, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (ret.), and two brothers Capt. Joseph Tattersall and infant Gerald Tattersall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Unity Worldwide Ministries. PO Box 610, Lee’s Summit MO 64063.

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