Rita Dione Harder, 79, passed away on November 24, 2019, after her fourth recurrence of oral cancer. A 50-year resident of Kirkland, WA, she was born in Dexter, KS on September 11, 1940 to Lawrence and Edna Dale Clark. Rita was a stay-at-home mom who became a skilled stained glass artist, selling at local craft fairs and shops. She was a loving and dedicated mother and wife, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rita was predeceased by her husband Harvey Harder, whom she married April 20, 1963; her parents; and her sister, Jeanne Dale.
She is survived by her children, Kristin Cherry Jackson of Seattle, WA and Brandon Harder of San Ramon, CA; and her grandchildren: Graham, Zoë and Satchel Cherry of Fort Myers, FL and Caden and Logan Harder of San Ramon, CA. She is interred at Kirkland Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Northshore Community Church, 10301 NE 145th St, Kirkland, WA 98034. Donations may be made to Rita’s favorite charity, World Vision.