Joan Edith Harding EAST CALAIS - Joan Edith Harding, 86, of East Calais Vermont and Rio Verde, Arizona passed away on March 1, 2019 at Valley Terrace in Wilder, Vermont. Joan was born on July 22, 1932 in Claremont, New Hampshire to Charles A. Tarro and Catherine (Dumont) Tarro. She was a graduate of Springfield (VT) High School and attended Bowling Green University. After working at the Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Company in Springfield, Joan moved to Montpelier and worked in service of the Vermont Senate and then as a Title Analyst at National Life Insurance Company. Active in politics for most of her adult life, Joan ran for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives in Springfield and subsequently in Montpelier and was a Vermont Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Joan loved to sing and dance and was active in local theatre guild productions. She would often listen to and sing along with the music from popular Broadway Musicals. Also an animal lover, Joan adored her “Silkies” Desiree and Molly. As a Woodbury Lake resident, Joan would keep a sharp eye out for the deer, moose, beaver, otters and her favorite, the beautiful loons that would often visit the south end of the lake. Joan is predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, John Harding and is survived by her five children David Drake and his wife Amy (Naperville, IL), Phillip Drake and his wife Beverly (Montpelier, VT), Robert Harding and his wife Adrienne (Woodstock, MD), Brooke Harding (Emmitsburg, MD), Ashley Harding (Germantown, MD) and six grandchildren; Megan, Samantha, David, Will, Jessica and Caroline In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made online at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1425440 Choose the Loon Conservatory Project, or by mail to; Vermont Center for Ecostudies, P.O. Box 420, Norwich, VT 05055. Again please designate the Loon Conservatory Project. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com or in the Times Argus Online guestbook. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Valley Terrace in Wilder and Bayada Home Health in Norwich.