Marsha Hollingshead Harding returned to the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on December 10th, 2023. She was finally reunited with her husband, Clyde F. Harding, who preceded her in death 37 years ago. She passed away peacefully in the home that she and Clyde had built.\n \nMarsha was born on August 5, 1947 in Heber, Utah, to Marshall Hollingshead and Nellie D. Duke. She was the oldest daughter and second of ten children. She played an active role in all of her siblings’ lives. She was raised in Minersville, Utah. She was proud of her heritage and loved being a “Punkin’ Roller.” She returned to Minersville often to visit with family and close friends, and was a regular for Fourth of July celebrations. She also loved to attend the horse races on the 24th of July in Beaver.\n \nA 1965 graduate of Beaver High School, Marsha later attended Southern Utah State College (SUSC), where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical education and secondary education. It was while at SUSC that she met Clyde Frank Harding. They were married civilly on August 9th, 1969 in Minersville, Utah, and were sealed in the St. George Utah Temple on August 7th, 1971. Following their marriage, they lived for a short time in Fredonia, Arizona, and then permanently settled in Cedar City, first living at the Gentry Mobile Home Park and then later in their home on 860 West.\n \nIf you attended a sporting event in Southern Utah, you probably knew Marsha. She cheered loud and proud, not afraid to out-yell and out-cheer the fans from the opposing team. She was fearless when it came to voicing her feelings over what she felt was a bad call by the umpire or referee, and stared down many a belligerent fan. She loved the Cedar High Redman, Canyon View High Falcons, and the Thunderbirds, and also loved little league baseball, high school basketball, and men’s and women’s fast pitch softball. She was the first female director of the Thunderbird Athletic Club at SUU.\n \nAt the tender age of 38 she became a widow, when Clyde was killed in an aviation accident at the Cedar Municipal Airport. As a single parent, she courageously raised 5 children, spanning in ages from 15 to 4. She rejoiced in her children’s accomplishments and successes. Marsha had great faith in Jesus Christ and was a righteous example. A joyful moment for her was when she was able to gather with all of her children in the Portland Oregon Temple for the marriage of her fifth child. All of her children were there, dressed in white, with their spouses. Families are forever. She knew this, taught this, and lived worthy of the promise of eternal life with her family.\n \nMarsha had worked alongside Clyde in his business endeavors: Harding Brothers’ Construction and then later Color Canyons Aviation. She and Clyde had operated Color Canyons until the time of his death in 1986. Following his death, she sold the successful business to help support her family. For several decades following, she worked as a Title I Aide, first at South Elementary and then later at East Elementary School.\n \nAn active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marsha served in a variety of callings. A calling that she deeply enjoyed was serving as the Primary President at the Iron Mission Branch, which served the Cedar City Band of Paiute Indians. She loved serving the Paiute children and they in turn loved her. She also served in the YW organization and regularly attended the temple. She loved the Cedar City Utah Temple, declaring it, “The most beautiful temple in the Church.” \n \nAs her children scattered far and wide, Marsha traveled to Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Virginia, California, and many other great places in support of her children and their families.\n \nMarsha is survived by her five children: Brandon (Amy) Harding, Poulsbo, WA; Christy (Mark) Florence, Cedar City, UT; Justin (Bridget) Harding, Philadelphia, PA; Amy (Rod) Emory, Toluca Lake, CA; and Darrin (Rhonda) Harding, Newberg, OR. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren: Olivia, Caleb, Sophia, Isaac, Josiah, Amelia, Brynn, Logan (Emma), Maia, Nelson (Chelsea), Eve, Hannah, Christian, Anna, Emme, Zayne,\nJayde (Drew), Carson, Ellie, and Piper. Additionally, she is survived by eight of her nine siblings and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde F. Harding, granddaughter Aubrey Jayde Emory, parents Marshall & Nellie Hollingshead, and sister Katie Herring. \n \nA Viewing will be held at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West, Cedar City, UT on December 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm. A second Viewing will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1120 West Greens Lake Drive, Cedar City, UT 84720 on December 18th from 11:30 am-12:30 pm prior to the Funeral Service at 1:00 pm. Interment will immediately follow at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.\n\nTo view the livestream of the funeral service and share online condolences, please visit www.mortuary.org. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charitable cause in Marsha’s behalf through “Light the World” at Giving Machines | Light the World.