Adelaine 'Tat' Harding served as WWII nurse, volunteered in Columbia

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:52 p.m. CST; updated 8:40 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — Adelaine Tattersall (Tat) Harding of Columbia died Saturday, March 8, 2014. She was 92.

She was born April 4, 1921, in Yankton, S.D., to Joseph and Jessie Lund Tattersall. She married James B. Harding on May 31, 1952.

Mrs. Harding graduated from St. Joseph Mercy College of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa. During World War II, she served as a nurse in Europe in the Army Nurse Corps.

After marrying James Harding, the couple raised their family in St. Louis before retiring to Columbia in 1985.

Mrs. Harding 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. She served as the treasurer and president of the Greater St. Louis Dog Training Club.

Mrs. Harding is survived by a son, Clinton T. Harding, of Columbia; two daughters, Carolyn H. Ezzell of Columbia and Dianne H. Jacobson and her husband, Scott, of Rhinelander, Wisc.; three grandchildren, Michele Herndon and her husband, Matthew, of St. Louis, Stephanie Hildebrand and her husband, Travis, of Columbia, and Gabriel Harding of Columbia; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Cora Spann of Ashland, Ken.; and her best friend Gladys Kinkead of Fenton.

Her husband, James B. Harding; and two brothers, Joseph Tattersall and Gerald Tattersall, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Unity Worldwide Ministries. PO Box 610, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.

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