Maxine Harding, 81, of Lily Lake, passed away on July 4, 2012, at her home. A gentle and loving heart faded into celestial glory to be together once more with her husband Bill and will be missed dearly.
She was born Dec. 18, 1930, on the Russell Farm in Burlington, the daughter of Alvin “Bud” and Ella (Lindquist) Lindgren.
She began a lifelong love affair with the Sycamore and Lily Lake areas in a one-room school house in Lovell’s Crossing on Route 64. She also attended local schools in Sycamore.
Maxine was blessed with a lasting love very early in life. She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Harding on Valentine’s Day in 1946. They began their life farming in the Genoa-Sycamore area for four years before moving to her family’s homestead near Lily Lake.
Later they both ran a trucking business, Harding Express, where Bill drove the trucks and Maxine became the office manager. After they retired from the trucking business, Maxine found work at Montgomery Ward in St. Charles until the company closed its doors.
She was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church, serving as a communion assistant and the Rebecca Circle.
Maxine and Bill began a pinochle card club in the ‘50s, making lifelong friends and thousands of memories. She also took pride in her yard, making sure it was as close to perfection as she could get it. Her house was her kingdom, and her kitchen her castle, as she hosted over 60 years of Christmas Eve parties.
Maxine always had a smile and always had a camera to capture the smiles of others. Those special moments caught on film became a special gift to many as she mailed off each memory to lucky family and friends. Some of the pictures stayed with her and became works of art through her scrapbooking. The legacy of memories that are left behind will be treasured forever by her family and friends.
She is survived by three children, Marilyn McConnaughay of Sugar Grove, Dianne “Dee” (Gary) Hartung of Genoa, Ill., and Russell (Isabel) Harding of Plantation, Fla.; five grandchildren, Marsha (Jerry) Schuster of Batavia, Brent (Colleen) McConnaughay of Sycamore, Ill., Bill Sebby of Arkansas, Ruthie (Brian) Giese of Montgomery and Jenny (Jim) Buchanan of Oswego, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren, Owen Schuster, Molly Schuster, Mary Kate McConnaughay Maggie McConnaughay, Megan McConnaughay, Jacob Giese, Reagan Giese, Justin Giese, Lauren Buchanan, Grace Buchanan and Caroline Buchanan; one brother, Charles “Chili” (Pat) Lindgren of Elgin; a son-in-law, Bob Sebby of Bull Shoals, Ark.; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bill; her parents; one daughter, Carolyn Sebby; a son-in-law, David McConnaughay; and one sister, Doris Olson.
Visitation was held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral to celebrate her life followed visitation. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Maxine’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Maxine Harding Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com where you can find her full life story.