Carra Jeanette Harden of Eureka Springs, a daughter of Ernest Colman and Ruth (Knowlton) Harden, was born in Little Rock January 21, 1930. She died February 23, 2011 in Springdale, Arkansas at the age of 81 years.
She attended Little Rock public schools, as well as colleges in Arkansas and California. While in college in Conway, she joined the Naval Reserve, and was a Naval Reserve Officer Candidate, but left school before graduation to enlist in the Regular Navy.
Following discharge, she moved to California to continue her education in several colleges, including Choinard Art Institute. She then worked in several high-tech companies on the West Coast.
After taking early retirement, she moved to Eureka Springs.
During her adult life, Ms. Harden volunteered in several capacities serving youth. During the latter part of her life she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate, representing children who were in the judicial system because of parental abuse or neglect. She often said this was the most gratifying endeavor of her life.
She is survived by her longtime companion, Maggie Edland of Eureka Springs; one sister, Elizabeth Noblitt of Dublin, Ohio; four nieces and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Amy Vidnovic of Eureka Springs; Gloria Harden of New York City; and Dorothy Lewis of York, Maine.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Columbus, Ohio. Memorial donations may be sent to the Circle of Life Hospice-Springdale, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR 72762 or C.A.S.A. of N.W. Arkansas, 5322 Bleaux, Suite A, Springdale, AR 72762. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.