Doris Elaine Harder Heider
Doris Elaine Harder Heider, 83, a resident of the Ginger Cove community in
August 7 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Harwood following a long-term

She was born on May 9, 1927, in Fairfield, Iowa, to the late Dr. Keith Cyril Harder
and Myra Nelson Harder. She graduated from
McKinley Technical High School
of Washington, D.C. in 1944 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from
the University of Maryland in 1949. She married George Charles Heider Jr. on
June 16, 1949.

She worked from 1944 through 1953 at the Bureau of Standards and then the
Central Intelligence Agency. After 24 years spent raising her three children, she
commuted into Washington, D.C. for 12 years with her husband, employed first as
a secretary for G. Calvert Bowie and then as receptionist/bookkeeper at the
investment firm of Davidge & Company.

Her interests included chiefly her family and her churches: The Lutheran Church of
Saint Andrew in Silver Spring, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Annapolis, and First
Lutheran Church in Huntingtown. She loved her life on West River, including
sailing, crabbing, and bird-watching, and she was an avid reader. She was a
member of the PEO sisterhood for 58 years.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, George Charles Heider Jr.; three
children, the Rev. Dr. George Charles Heider III of Valparaiso, Ind., Laura Heider
Greinke of Cordova, Tenn. and Dr. Robert Roy Heider of Charlottesville, Va.;
seven grandchildren; and brother, Robert Edgar Nelson Harder of Annapolis.

A Memorial Gathering will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10 at the
Hardesty Funeral Home at 12 Ridgely Avenue in Annapolis. Funeral services will
be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11 at St. Paul Lutheran Church on
Roscoe Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis, followed by a private committal at Cedar
Hill Cemetery in Washington.

The family requests that memorial gifts be directed either to the Ginger Cove
Employee Scholarship Fund or to the Hospice of the Chesapeake. Online
condolences may be placed at

Published in The Capital on August 10, 2010