MARGOT 'BOBBIE' HARDING

Margot "Bobbie" Harding, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at her home near Terry, Mont.

Margot was born in Burke, S.D., on April 30, 1917, and died in her home in Prairie County, Mont. She was the eldest child of Morris and Amy (Holmquist) Jensen.

She was a child of the Depression era and spent her childhood moving from community to community as her father searched for employment. The family ended up in Ogallala, Neb., where Margot graduated from high school. She became a telephone operator with AT&T, but was forced to quit when she married the love of her life, Kenneth E. Harding. They were married for 73 years, until Kenneth's death on Dec. 1, 2012.

While Margot served on many community boards and activities, her main role in life was being a wife, mother and valued friend. She was devoted to her two sons, Kenneth L. and Richard. She provided nurturing and guidance to her boys throughout her life. She then embraced her daughter-in-law Patricia and grandchildren Jeff and Tracy (McElvery). She was blessed with six great-grandchildren. This was her family, however, she was "Mom," "Grandma" and "Aunt Bobbie" to many people. She opened her heart to everyone and encouraged everyone to have pride and confidence in themselves and their abilities. She had very high standards for how life was to be lived, but accepted everyone and touched their lives in many positive ways. She was an example and inspiration for many. Her devotion to her husband demonstrated a very deep love.

Her home was always with her family. She loved Ogallala, Neb. In the 1970s, as her family's business interests expanded, she fell in love with Key West, Fla. There she could enjoy warm winters while hosting family and friends from throughout the world. She enjoyed the role of hostess and created many fond memories. Again, in the 1980s, her family's business interests expanded to Eastern Montana and she came to the open northern plains with enthusiasm for rural life and the many friends she found.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Carl and Chris; sisters, Jean, June and Mildred (Harding); and her husband, Kenneth E. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth L. and Richard; daughter-in-law, Patricia; grandchildren, Jeff (Kristine) and Tracy (Paul McElvery); her six wonderful great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was blessed to have devoted caregivers who helped her with her husband and in her final days. They were truly valuable people in her life.

Margot will be missed by many people, but her life will inspire us for many years to come.

A celebration of life was held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the family Farm on Blatchford Road. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry, Mont., was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.