Valerie Ann Leigh Harding, born March 28, 1938, passed away in her Cedar City home of 43 years on September 19, 2015 surrounded by family with her dear cat curled at her feet. Valerie was a beautiful woman with a style and class all of her own. She was not only young at heart but lived an active and independent life, determined not to be slowed down by "A-G-E," a word she never allowed. Valerie stayed busy with many activities to enrich her mind and body. Yoga was not only a hobby, but a way of life. Music filled her home, books lined her shelves, and finished puzzle masterpieces adorned her walls. She collected souvenirs from the shores of the Hawaiian beaches to the cliffs and castles of Ireland to the streets of Italy. One of Valerie's main passions was advocating for those who were not able to do so for themselves. She was an active CASA volunteer since 1999 where she represented neglected and abused children in Iron County. Her CASA kids held a tender place in her heart and brought much love to her life as she advocated for them tirelessly. Valerie was awarded the Jennifer Jayne Memorial Bear Award in 2007 for her dedicated CASA service. She treasured the bear that she received to this day and used it to bring many smiles to children, especially her great grandchildren. Valerie actively participated in the League of Women Voters, worked at Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center, volunteered as an usher for over ten years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and was a proud Red Hat Lady. Valerie was married to her high school sweetheart, Ronn, since 1956. She was a wonderful mother and great friend to her three children. They valued her guidance and life's wisdom. She was the most amazing "Nanna Val" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They will share her legacy for generations to come. Valerie bravely endured a three year battle with PSP, a rare neurological disease. Her one last gift in life was to donate her brain tissue to a clinical PSP study in hopes that the disease may be cured in the future. She is survived by three children Melanee, Debra, and David (Kari); her sister Marsha (Ed) Thatcher; her sister-in-law Margo (Hurley) Hansen; her grandchildren Ashley (Davaughn) Daniel, Dani (Adam) Porter, Jordan (Mary) Packham, Julie, Jake, Jessica, Brianne and Payton; nieces Nicole (Alex), Heidi, and Erica (Cal); nephews Ryan (Rebecca) and Greg (Becca), along with their families including 10 great grandchildren and three 4-legged "kids." Valerie is preceded in death by her husband, Ronn Harding, her parents, Harry B. and Janet Leigh, her brother, Harry Jr., and sister, Barbara. A private graveside service will be held honoring Valerie and her life on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com. The family wishes to thank a devoted neighbor of over 23 years, Ken Boren, her friends from various places, and Alliance Hospice.