Lori Harden
November 20, 1959 - December 27, 2022

Lori Harden

Lori Harden
Nov 20, 1959 - Dec 27, 2022

Lori Harden

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Lorene 'Lori' Harden, 63, of Muscatine, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at the University of Iowa.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Iowa Donor Network or No Foot Too Small. Online condolences may be made at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

There will be a time for food and fellowship following visitation from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the First Baptist Church, 3003 Mulberry Ave Muscatine, Iowa 52761.

Lori was born on November 20, 1959, in Muscatine, the daughter of Nigel Moore and Rhea Isabelle Chamberlin Abbott. She married Thomas Harden on August 3, 1991, at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine.

Lori loved cats, reading, and staying busy at home with her crafting, sewing, gardening, and baking. She especially loved spending time with her family, who will remember her as a truly loving person, who put Faith and Family first.

She is survived by her children, Patrick Dipple and his wife, Katherine, of Muscatine, Amanda Clark of Columbus Junction, and Luke Harden of Muscatine; grandchildren, Kristy Fehrenbach and her wife, Megan, of Davenport, and Ethan Dipple of Muscatine; sisters, Linda Portwood and her husband, Walter, of Oxford, and Cathy Hendriks and her husband, Jeff, of Muscatine.

Lori is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two children; and one grandchild.


Janet Burnham on Jan 4, 2023

I'm so sorry for this loss. My heart goes out to everyone mourning. Lori was one of the first few people I met in my new job when I moved to Iowa from the south. She took me under her wing, sharing stories with me, inviting me to events at her church, and giving me advice on all manner of things including driving in the snow and where to find deals on groceries and gas. Even after we each moved on to other roles, she would still reach out to me to share life updates and catch up. I'm so grateful to have met her.

Michelle Preater on Jan 3, 2023

My deepest condolences to Lori's family. It has been my honor to be her friend for the last several years. She has been a bright light for myself and many others. Always with a great story or picture of her cute little man, Ethan or to assist a co-worker when needed. I happy that you are with Tom and at peace. I love you, my friend and you will be so missed.

Emily McCoy on Jan 3, 2023

CandleMy heart goes out to Lori's family. She was a most amicable and helpful co-worker, taken from us far too soon. I will miss her dearly.

Chelle Holloman on Jan 3, 2023

My deepest condolences to Lori's family. She was an amazing coworker and will be missed dearly. She always shared stories and pics of her family and was very proud to be a mom and grandmother. My thoughts & prayers are with her family.

Josh Goldsborough on Jan 3, 2023

So sorry to hear of Lori's passing! She was a wonderful & friendly coworker, always willing to strike up a conversation. I'll miss our hallway chats about Hawkeye football and swapping stories of kids/grandkids. My thoughts & prayers are with her family.

Ashley Lopez on Jan 3, 2023

So sorry to hear of Lori's passing! She was a coworker and always so nice! My deepest condolences to Lori's family!

Deborah Hurd on Jan 2, 2023

So sorry to hear of Lori's passing. I am a high school classmate. We weren't in the same friend circle back then, but I discovered in more recent years that we should have been, as we had so much in common. I just saw her in Muscatine a few weeks ago and never dreamed it would be the last time. I'm really glad we connected in the last 10 years or so, but I wish we had had more time. It's comforting to know she's now with her Tom. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Luana Gredell on Jan 1, 2023

CandleMy deepest condolences to Lori's family. I was saddened to hear of her passing. She was such a kind and compassionate person who always meant well. I worked with Lori for many years at FNB and became lasting friends. She will be missed.

John Mathias on Dec 30, 2022

My condolences to the family. Lori brightened our workspace with kind words every day. I will miss her.

Ellen Bryant on Dec 29, 2022

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lori’s family. She was such a kind person and I enjoyed working with her at ACT a few years back.

Angelin on Dec 29, 2022

CandleSympathy and Condolences to the family. May God peace and presence help the family deal with the loss.

Lori Estrem on Dec 29, 2022

My sympathy and prayers go out to Lori's family and close friends. I am a high school classmate of hers, and would run into her every once in awhile in Muscatine. I enjoyed her funny FB posts about her love for coffee and could relate to most of these. It's comforting that she will be reunited with Tom, whom she clearly missed so much since his passing. They seemed to share a beautiful marriage/relationship.

Vickie Lee on Dec 29, 2022

I extend my deepest sympathies to Lori's family. My heart and prayers goes out to you during this difficult time. Wishing you courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your hearts forever.

Toni on Dec 29, 2022

Your family is in my prayers, and although I only worked with Lori for a short time she was one of the most genuine and kind people I have known. My heart is truly sad by this and I will continue sending positivity to you all.

Becky Nelson on Dec 29, 2022

Prayers for Lori's family, who I know she loved dearly. We were coworkers for just a short time but I'm saddened to think of her no longer being a part of my work family. Lori was gentle, giving, and loved to share a funny story or joke. In our brief conversations she shared her deep faith and her love for family. I'm grateful to know that she is now whole, happy, and reunited with those she missed so dearly.

Iris Owens on Dec 29, 2022

To my dear friend Lori, you will be missed. When all is said and done, I know that you are in a better place and with your beloved Lord and your soulmate Tom. I will miss our chats where we fix all the world's problems over a good cup of coffee. To Lori's family, you are in my prayers. Lori loved you so very much and was so very proud of all you have accomplished- each and everyone of you!

Tracey Fredrickson on Dec 29, 2022

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family Lori. Your dedication, determination , and incredible kindness to others will never be forgotten. You gave so much of your time and self helping others at work and outside of work. You are a true inspiration. I'll miss your daily check in calls, your wisdom, your awesome stories, and your humor. You were not just my co worker…but a true friend. RIP my dear. Tracey Fredrickson

Kathy Rusch on Dec 29, 2022

Lori, We were friends for too short of a time but I will treasure every minute. I pray that you're in the loving arms of Jesus and your husband, Tom.

Jordan Hebert on Dec 29, 2022

My heart and prayers go out to Lori's family. We will truly miss her here at ACT, she was such a kind woman with so much love and knowledge to give. Rest in peace Lori, I will see you again in heaven one day.

Liz on Dec 29, 2022

CandleDear Lori,

I hope you're able to read this from Heaven.

I hate that you're gone, but know Tom was waiting there for you. I know you're not in pain and are on the path to your eternal life with your husband and grandbaby.

Selfishly, I still wish you were here. I wish I could hug you one last time. I wish I could hear your voice and hear your laugh. You knew just what to say or do when I was struggling.

You my friend are far beyond missed! The only comfort in this time is that you are with Tom. I know it wasn't easy for you to be without him and I told you, you would be with him again one day, but don't leave to soon.. you sure did leave way to soon.

Lori, I will miss you more then you could possibly know and hopefully one day (not to soon, hopefully 50 years from now) I will see you again in Heaven as long as the good Lord commands it.

I love you my friend. Rest peacefully now and please watch over us.


Jim Bishop on Dec 29, 2022

I am so surprised and saddened to see this news. Lori and I were high school classmates and also cousins. I remember some fun times of running around with her and another cousin when Nigel & Rhea moved the family to Wilton. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Rose liszka on Dec 28, 2022

My heart,thoughts and prayers goes out to lori’s family. This news brings great sadness to so many of us . Lori was beautiful in side and out she was a true friend and so intelligent. The only comfort I can find in this is that I know she is with her husband that she missed every day.Lori you will always be remembered and I will surely miss are chats about grand baby and how we miss our husbands and just everyday life things. I will miss the recipes and pictures of your precious little grandson that you just adored. You truly was an amazing friend and coworker. Rest in peace my friend you were loved and cherished more then you will ever know you are pain free now.

Rhonda on Dec 28, 2022

CandleMy heart goes out to Lori's family. She was such a kind and loving person. Helped me get through some rough times and always seem to open her heart to anyone that needed it. So intelligent, I already miss our chats at work. Only comfort I could see, is you are with your husband and I am sure he was there at the gates holding them open for you. No more pain and even though you will be missed, you my dear touches so many lives, you will never be forgotten.
Love and miss you my friend.

Susan Carey on Dec 28, 2022

Lori, I can’t even wrap my head around this. We were together nearly every day throughout our 4 years of college. I couldn’t have done it without you. You served the Lord and others before thinking about yourself. Your sense of humor was the best. I am so glad I know with certainly that you are with the Lord and with your beloved Tom again. I am praying for comfort for your family.

Deb Tompkins on Dec 28, 2022

Lori my beloved cousin!

I am so glad to have had you as a cousin and a wonderful and beloved friend! We had so many conversations about our kids, grandchildren, and families. You were so proud of them all and also of our Furkids! We made each other laugh and get through difficult times.

You are with your loving Tom now and I know he was waiting for you and you are back into his arms!

Give all our family members tight hugs and love ya kiddo! I’m going to miss our get togethers when I come home!

Your crazy cousin, Deb (Hills) Tompkins

Rob Clark on Dec 28, 2022

Rob Clark on Dec 28, 2022

Rob Clark on Dec 28, 2022

Lori, all the years I was your son-in-law you were nothing but nice and respectful to me, I do believe you have one of the best hearts I've ever had pleasure to be around and do thank you for all your kindness and prayers thru all the ups and downs. I promise to keep my word concerning our talk at recent wedding, rest in peace Mrs. Harden....

Margaret Hickerson on Dec 28, 2022

Sending SO much love and all my condolences for your loss. Trust in our Lord and Savior to find peace. Lori was a beautiful lady and I know she's going to be very missed. My heart breaks for you all.

Karen Miller on Dec 28, 2022

It breaks my heart that she is gone so soon. I will miss her terribly. She was a good friend for a long time. Prayers for all of her family.



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