Jean, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Minneapolis, MN. She and her 4 younger siblings were raised on a family dairy farm. It was there that she learned to be self sufficient and practical. Being the oldest meant that she acquired her housekeeping, gardening, cooking and child raising skills at an early age. After graduating high
school, Jean and another friend took a trip to the west coast. It was in Sacramento that she met her future husband, Rex Harden. They married in 1949 and raised 5 children. After her youngest child began school, Jean began her career in food service for the San Juan school district. She began as an aide, but soon after became a baker,
and eventually a cafeteria manager at several different schools. When she wasn’t working, Jean enjoyed creating and
maintaining her home garden; she especially loved her roses and flowering plants. Jean was an avid exerciser,
participating in aerobics classes into her 70’s. She was a familiar sight in her neighborhood, walking her
dogs several miles everyday. She also loved taking bus trips to special events: plays, concerts, restaurants
and the occasional overnight. She and her friends were always planning their next destination. Mom was a devout
Christian, and a longtime member of the Arden Church of the Nazarene. Jean is survived by her 5 children: Linda (Rick) Robinson, Kay Harden, Joan Harden, Jill Harden, Edward Harden, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, JoAnne Menke of Shakopee, MN, and her brother, Edward Beyer of Maple Grove, MN. Special thanks to her caregivers: Diana, Tina, Lavynia,and Hanna for taking good care of her these past few
years. Please make any donations in her name to Horizon Hospice.
There will be a memorial service at East Lawn Cemetery, on Folsom Blvd in Sacramento, CA. Tuesday, August1st, 10 am.