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Deborah K. Harden 1951 ~ 2018
Deborah Kay (Brown) Harnden was born October 22nd, 1951 in Junction City, Kansas, to Charles Alexander Brown Jr. and Mary Louise Brown. This is where she grew up with her two older brothers David and Scott, holding many dear happy memories of her childhood there. After graduating from Junction City High School, she attended Colby Community College where she met Richard “Rick” Harnden in January 1972. Four months later, on April 7th, they were united in marriage. To this blessed union they welcomed three children: Alec Wayne, Erec Lane, and Angela Marie.
Debbie and Rick made their happy home in Attica, Kansas. In 1982, she and Rick started Harnden Backhoe, a successful business they built together. She often worked long hours beside Rick “digging ditches”, all the while maintaining her devotion to him, their children and home. All three children have been involved with the family business at some point and cherish the integrity and work ethic their parents instilled in them.
Those who knew Debbie will remember her as a hard working woman who took time to listen and led by silent example. She enjoyed many things in life from spending time with friends, gambling, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking and watching her grandchildren play and grow.
On March 28th, 2018 Debbie passed away at Via Christi Saint Francis, in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by those most precious to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Brown; father-in-law, Wayne Harnden; and mother-in-law, Lillie Jerelean (Hadsall) Neal.
Her memory will ever remain dear to those who survive: husband Rick Harnden; son Alec Harnden and wife Kendra of Kingman, Kansas, grandsons Gavin and fiancé Ali Bridges, Brant, Quinn, Keeven, and Isaac; son Erec Harnden of Attica, Kansas, grandsons Blake, Connor, and Mac; daughter Angie Alexander and husband Kevin of Attica, Kansas, granddaughter Isabel and grandson Jack; brothers David Brown and wife Cheryl of The Woodlands, Texas, and Scott Brown and wife Linda of Junction City, Kansas; mother-in-law Wanda Harnden of Anthony, Kansas; brother-in-law Rod Harnden and wife Pam of Sugarland, Texas; sister-in-law Robin Ward and husband Scott of Lawrence, Kansas; and many more beloved relatives and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on May 26th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony, Kansas. Memorials may be made to MD Anderson-The Sarcoma Center, Houston, TX, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com