|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1915|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1997|
Marguerite Alta "Peggy" Harding, daughter of Ruth Christine (Johnson) and Dr. John Henry Harding, married Charles Thomas Conrad, son of Elizabeth (Raeubig) and Thomas Conrad, in a formal wedding held at the Wealthy Street Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, May 27, 1938.
According to her own autobiographical account,Peggy was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. It took the family doctor, Doc Bates, a long time to revive her and change her color from blue to pink. Peggy thrived in school and was the Valedictorian of the Constantine High School, Constantine, MI, Class of 1932. She graduated from Grand Rapids Junior College two years later and then took her first teaching position at Wheeler School, a one room school of all eight grades in Alpine Township, 15 miles from Grand Rapids. After her marriage May 27, 1938, to Charles Conrad, she taught and assisted her husband in his Baptist ministry. Peggy was a writer of poetry as well as sketches about growing up on farms in southwestern Michigan. She was a well-known and often-requested speaker in Christian circles, particularly by women's groups. Public speaking was a strong interest of hers, which began when she was a country school girl, standing on a chair in the kitchen, addressing her mother as her audience for practice. She was the perfect aunt, much, much loved by her nieces and nephews, her children, grandchildren, and, indeed, all children who passed through her care. A wonderful homemaker, Peggy loved to cook, sew, and knit, to put on huge banquets, and to feed everyone who passed through her home. Ever mindful of her Swedish roots on her mother's side of the family, she often made huge kettles of Kroppkakor, a kind of ground potato ball seasoned with chopped onion and allspice, with a core of ground pork, cooked in boiling water. Before the arrival of food processors, her husband, Charles, was enlisted to help in this enterprise by grating 10 pounds of potatoes on a hand grater! Peggy had a wonderful and curious mind, and a heart for fun and adventure. She was a born again Christian and lived her faith every day, casting love and inclusion over everyone around her.
Peggy and Charles Conrad were the parents of four children: Charles James Harding "Chuck", Judith Elizabeth "Judy", Galen Richard, and James Phillip "Jim".
John Henry Harding (1893 - 1941)
Ruth Christine Johnson Harding (1893 - 1980)
Charles Thomas Conrad (1915 - 1999)
Lillian Elizabeth Harding Miller (1914 - 1977)*
Marguerite Alta Harding Conrad (1915 - 1997)
Mary Jane Harding Brown (1919 - 2004)*
Created by: Sandra Elizabeth Miller
Record added: Sep 17, 2013
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