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Cheryl "Cherry" Rose (Davison) Harding

August 25, 1943 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Cheryl "Cherry" Harding Obituary

Cheryl “Cherry” Rose Harding, age 80, of New London, died on Friday, January 26, 2024 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born August 25, 1943 to the late Basil and Anna Mae (Duffield) Davison in Youngstown, she grew up in Austintown and graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1961. In 1973 Cherry and her beloved husband, Donald “Don” Harding, moved to New London where they raised their family.

Cherry primarily worked as a rural mail carrier, retiring after 27 years, but she also served as an EMT after graduating from the EMT program at the top of her class, an accomplishment she was very proud of. However, as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother she was always most proud of her family. Cherry loved to support her boys by volunteering with the New London Cub Scouts, Little League, and Band Boosters alongside her husband. Watching her children, and later grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in athletics and other ventures brought her immense joy and she was always happiest when surrounded by those she loved. When they weren’t at athletic events, Cherry, an animal-lover with a particular fondness for horses, cherished the time she was able to spend horseback riding with her family. 

Airplanes were another fascination of Cherry’s, and in the early 2000’s she earned her Private Pilot’s License. A few short years later she went on to earn an instrument rating as well.  In doing so, she joined the just 7% of all pilots that are female, a feat so many loved and respected about her. She was an incredible woman, not afraid to live her life to the fullest, and always chasing her dreams enthusiastically until they became her reality. She was also a leader, serving as past-president of the All-Ohio 99’s, an organization of female pilots, as well as the Ashland County Pilot’s Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

In addition to her beloved husband, Don, Cherry is survived by three sons, Timothy (Cindy) Harding of Napoleon, MI, Trevor (Tamara) Harding of Ashland, and Ryan (Rosanna) Harding of North Canton; six grandchildren, Jessica, Chenoa, Nick, Alex, Brooklynn, and Max; four great-grandchildren, Kahlynn, Blaine, Edgar, and Johnie; and two siblings, Cleone Biglin, and Paulette McNamee, both of Farmington, UT.

A private funeral service has taken place with interment at Nova Cemetery.

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