Nadine Harnden Gahagan

Nadine Harnden Gahagan

June 19, 1924 - February 16, 2021
Rancho Santa Margarita California

Nadine Harnden Gahagan

June 19, 1924 - February 16, 2021
Rancho Santa Margarita California


Nadine Harnden Gahagan died February 16 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California at the age of 96. She was born Phoebe Nadine Harnden June 19, 1924 in Liberal, Kansas. She hated the name Phoebe – so old-fashioned! – and was known as Nadine from an early age. Her marriage to James D. Gahagan took her to many parts of this country as she followed the difficult and rewarding career of military wife. She was known for her pragmatism, generosity and quirky sense of humor.

She is survived by her daughter Janet, her son Kevin and his husband Bernard Payne, her brother Hugh Harnden, sisters Loree Hale and Lola Sutton, and sisters-in-law Doris Harnden and Gretchen Gahagan. The family would like to acknowledge her wonderful caregiver, Nancy Reyes, who shared her sense of humor, and was fired and re-hired on a daily basis!

At her request, there will be no services, but donations may be made to Feeding America on-line at or by mail to Feeding America, P.O. Box 96749, Washington, D.C. 20090-6749.


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3 responses to Nadine Harnden Gahagan

  1. Janet & Kevin,
    I have so many wonderful memories of your parents and visits with your family. Reading this brought a smile to my face as I can hear your Mom making those comments!

    Know our hearts are with you and we treasure the memories. What an amazing lady!

    Love George & Teresa Calvert & family

  2. Georgia Rose says:

    Dear Kevin, Janet, and Bernard-

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I was privileged to meet Nadine. She was the kind of woman who made a lasting impression! I will always have the fondest memories of her.


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