Published On: Mon, Aug 2nd, 2010

Rachel Chapin Harding – Obituary

Rachel Chapin Harding, 94 of Cherokee, transitioned from life unto life on Friday, July 30, 2010 at Tsali Care Center.

          She was a native of New London Ohio and had lived in Cherokee for the last 35 years. She was the daughter of Rev. Harley and Mabel Cromwell Chapin.

          She was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh and Bruce Chapin and one sister Alice Chapin.

          Surviving are two brothers, Moody and Johnny Chapin of Ocala, Florida and three sisters, Esther Vlier of Akron,Ohio, Ruth “Dooley” Hopper of Bellview, Florida and Jean “Eny” Perkins of Dothan, Alabama. She has three children, Lewis Harding and wife Helen of Cherokee, Irene Herzmark of Southern Pines, North Carolina and David Harding of Crestone, Colorado and 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

          Rachel loved sharing her Christian testimony and spent years of her life sharing her spiritual journey with others.

          A celebration of life will be held at Long House Funeral Home in Cherokee, 2pm on Wednesday, August 4th. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm in the Chapel of Long House Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 3rd.

          A special expression of gratitude is acknowledged by the family to Homer and Lola Burgess of Cherokee for their compassion and kindness to her during a very difficult time in her life and to the wonderful ladies and caregivers at Tsali Care who made her final years so meaningful. She loved you all.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cherokee Children’s Home c/o the Cherokee Boys Club, 52 Cherokee Boys Club Loop, Cherokee, NC, 28719.

          Long House Funeral Home, Inc of Cherokee is handling the arrangements.

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