Gayle M. (Van Bibber) Harding, age 78

of Quincy

Gayle M. (Van Bibber) Harding, age 78

Gayle M. (Van Bibber) Harding, age 78, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died suddenly, Sunday, April 2, 2023 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, in the comfort of her loving family.

Gayle was born in Quincy, to the late Norman K. and Hughena M. (Dawson) Van Bibber. She was raised and educated there.

Gayle was employed at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Quincy for twenty-three years, working as a hostess and food server at the Allerton House Assisted Living. She had retired just three days prior to her passing. Gayle enjoyed many long-lasting friendships with colleagues and residents alike.

Gayle enjoyed dining with family and friends. She had a passion for animals, especially cats. She adored her twenty-year old cat, Bailey, and Bailey occasionally reciprocated her love. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Longtime companion of the late George E. “Sonny” Nowe, Jr.

Devoted mother of Robert E. Melanson, Denise M. Wass, and Darlene K. Richman.

Loving grandmother of Justin, Stephen, Nicole, and Misty.

Cherished great grandmother of Jackson, Jayson, and Sophia.

Dear sister of Judith Parker, and predeceased by James Van Bibber, Norma L. Blom, and Ronald Van Bibber.

Gayle is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard D. Harding.

At the request of the family, services were private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gayle’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.


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  • Denise and Darlene,

    It saddened me to read about the passing of your mother this morning. Although I haven’t seen her in years, my thoughts are with you 2 girls.

  • Mom I love you so very much, you were my best friend and confident and what I wouldn’t give for one more talk with you,,you will always be in my heart mama. LOVE DING

  • Robbie, Denise & Darlene
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing, she was a great lady, and so funny!! Just a great person to know.
    We were your neighbors across the St in Quincy. (Penn Street) my mom (Fran) and your Mom were good Friends/neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Cindy Hersey