March 12, 1962 ~ May 15, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Esther “Marie” Mayes Harding, 58, of Owensboro passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Marie was born March 12, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky to the late Ada Eddie Mayes and Wanda Mae Kirby Mayes. Marie proudly served as program director of the Paducah- McCracken County Retired & Senior Volunteer program for 13 years before returning to her hometown of Owensboro in 2002. From there, she worked for Audubon Area Senior Service Corporation as the volunteer recruiter. Marie was currently employed at United Way of the Ohio Valley and Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Marie was proud to serve, and serve she did. She was well-known for her charisma and zest for life, and countless businesses and supporters of United Way were inspired by Marie’s passion and kindness. Marie was so proud to be a mom and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her family so much. She worked hard, seven days a week, in order to provide for and love them. Being a parent and grandparent was her greatest accomplishment. Marie was of the Baptist faith, and lived by the Golden Rule, treating all she came to know with love and respect.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers Michael David Bartlett and Kenneth L. Bartlett; sister Linda Faye Bartlett: and a nephew Jason O’Bryan.

Marie is survived by her children Joshua (Mandy) Mayes, Benjamin (Summer) Harding, and Jennifer (Cody) Lanham, her grandchildren, Wyatt, Keagon, Karson, Kolton, Ellie and Emmett; sisters Brea (Charlie) Miller, Pat “Sis” (David) O’Bryan and Mary (Don) Casey

Services will be 12:00 pm Thursday, May 21, 2020 in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial to follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10:00 am until the time of the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the United Way of the Ohio Valley; 403 Park Plaza Dr. Owensboro, KY 42301

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of friend and family member, Ms. Harding. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Esther Marie Mayes Harding and sign her virtual guest book by going to


Visitation: May 21, 2020 10:00 am - May 21, 2020 12:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Main Chapel

Service: May 21, 2020 12:00 pm - May 21, 2020 1:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Main Chapel

Burial Service: May 21, 2020 1:00 pm - May 21, 2020 2:00 pm

Rosehill Cemetery
1300 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

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  1. I knew Marie through the United Way. I have served as a Community Investment Volunteer for 10 years, and she was always so helpful to me. She was so friendly and positive every time I saw her. We were friends on Facebook too, and she enjoyed the stories I told about my crazy cat Charlie. She will be dearly missed by the United Way staff, volunteers, and agencies. She will also be missed by the Haley McGinnis staff and the community that she served in their time of grief and need. She will be missed beyond measure by her family. Prayers for you during this time of loss. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.

  2. Marie was a source of pure joy for all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will truly be missed. Prayers for all of her family and friends.

  3. June Lanham. Bee was my cousin. My mother Molly and her mom Wanda were sisters. I loved her very much. She was one of the nicest people I knew. She will be missed. Love you Bee. Gone but not forgotten 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

  4. Miss Marie Marie Marie (this is what I would always say) when I would talk to her. She was an angel on earth and one of the best things that the United Way office had working for them. She LOVED her job and it showed in everything she did there. She will be missed by many but definitely by me. Marie you fought a hard battle but God needed you more. Until we meet again Miss Marie, Marie, Marie. Love to all your family. May God surround you with his Love and comfort.

  5. Absolutely loved this lady! My heart is breaking. So glad I got to hug you so tight in Kroger some months ago. Love you Marie. Sending hugs and prayers to the family!

  6. God has taken a Very Sweet and Caring Person I knew.I didn’t know she was Sick,And when I found out you had Passed it Broke My Heart.You are in a Better Place now,No more Pain.You are Dearly Missed.R.I.P. My Friend Patty Johnson.

  7. Marie and I worked together for Retired Senior & Volunteer Program in Paducah, Kentucky. We has alot of fun dancing with Seniors in Bootschoots. If you seen one you would see the other. Marie I am going to miss you. Love you. You have your angles wings now in heaven.

  8. What a wonderful, amazing and caring lady! She was a very special person and will be truly missed!!!

  9. To all the families of Ester Harding:
    All are in our thoughts and prayers at this
    time of loss.

  10. Marie was such a wonderful woman….always positive and made everyone she dealt with feel special. My sympathies and best wishes to her family.

  11. RIP Aunt Bee I love you and I will miss you .You were always my favorite Aunt .The world is not going to be the same without you in.You always made me smile. Love Holly

  12. Marie was one of the finest people I’ve ever known. She was a joy to be around. Her sense of humor and unfailing cheerfulness always put a smile on my face. Marie had a sense of gratitude about everything as well as a sense of genuine concern for others. There was no one like her. I counted it a privilege to work with her and call her friend. She will be missed and never forgotten.

  13. We will greatly miss Marie at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home!! A compassionate spirit and bright smile greeted us every weekend – she was a pleasure to know and honor to work with her.

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