Golda Norlyene Ohran Harding was born on November 13, 1926 in Burlingame, California, to Golda Parkin and Carl Reginald Ohran. She experienced loss at an early age when her mother and brother died in a car accident when she was 10. She moved to Utah with her father when she was 16. She met Eldon Roland Harding while in a class at BYU and they were married on June 20, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Education and Career
She attended McKinley School, graduated from American Fork High School and achieved her bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University in Art & Creativity. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a member of Ninety-Nines organization of Women's Pilots and flew a solo transcontinental flight across the United States. She was a Toast Mistress, taught 3rd and 4th grades at South Jordan Elementary. She taught art in Orem Utah at Lincoln Jr. High, Orem Junior High School, at Provo Canyon School and was a lifetime UEA member.
Golda was a dedicated Latter-day Saint where she served in Primary, Cub Scouts, organist, accompanist, and Music Director. She was an accomplished artist, pianist, organist, sang in many choirs and held the lead in several BYU operas. The epitome of glamour, she was known by many names; daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, artist, mentor, grandmother, and great grandmother. She excelled in all, showing love to everyone she came in contact with. She often welcomed others who needed help into her home with open arms. She taught us all how to appreciate the beauty in everything and stay perpetually young at heart. She was a world traveler and was always up for an adventure, as was especially evident when she went sky-diving when she was 70. Her family cherishes the legacy she has left behind
Golda, finally ready for her next great adventure, yielded her life to the life beyond on Friday June 24, 2011.