Marsha Harder was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Marvin R. and Betty J. (Lee) Wright. She graduated with honors from Indianapolis North Central High School, the University of Evansville (BA) and Indiana State University (MLS). She and her husband lived in Evansville, Indiana, St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Illinois, Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Champaign, Illinois, before moving to Terre Haute in 1984.
She taught English and speech at Washington High School and Terre Haute North Vigo High School, before retiring in 2006. Before moving to Terre Haute, she taught high school English in Hazlewood, Missouri, and Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Always cheerful and energetic, Marsha found leadership roles throughout her life beginning with student council, National Honor Society and the theater department in high school. In college, she was the program director for the campus radio station, WEVC. She was elected to Lambda Iota Tau Honor Society for literature and Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society for Journalism.
Marsha was active in all her communities, and served in leadership capacities in many volunteer organizations: president, American Association of University Women, Champaign, Illinois; PTA president in Champaign, Illinois; PTO president at Ouabache Elementary in Terre Haute; Girl Scout and Boy Scout unit and district leader; Terre Haute Women's Club; past president of PEO Chapter DR; Sunday school teacher; Sunday school superintendent; and elder and deacon at Central Presbyterian Church. She was exceptionally fond of serving as a sponsor of the Terre Haute North Vigo High School Interact chapter. An avid reader, she coordinated one book club and belonged to a second. At the time of her death, she was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, PEO Chapter DR and the Vigo County Retired Teachers Association.
Her ever-present smile and gracious manner are sorely missed by those who survive: her husband of 46 years, Alan Harder of Terre Haute; son, Jon (Linda) Harder and granddaughters Megan and Allison Harder of Fishers, Indiana; a daughter, Elizabeth (Dan) Clayton and granddaughter Grace Clayton of Noblesville, Indiana; sister, Jayne Nixon and nephews Jori and Khari Nixon of Indianapolis; brother, Ken (Heidi) Wright and niece Monica Wright, all of Indianapolis; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Alice Harder and nephews Brian and Casey Harder of Terre Haute; and her mother, Betty J. Wright of Indianapolis.
A funeral service is planned at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St. in Terre Haute. A reception will be held at the church following the service where friends may meet with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her honor to Central Presbyterian Church.
Published on December 15, 2017