Ilona HardenIlona Harden

Age 65, was born to the late Rev. George E. Harden and Coleda Verlene Harden on March 28, 1946 in Ottawa, Kansas. The Lord called Ilona home on April 13, 2011.

Ilona was a retired Telecommunications Operator for AT&T and most recently worked for the Telecom Services department at Michigan State University.  Ilona had a zest for life that encompassed traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.  She never met a stranger and was always the life of the event.  She was a member of Tithe Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Elks Lodge # 318.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Williams; daughter, Sonya Hawkins-Jabriel; sons, Aaron, Dane, Eric, Shay and Kwame; 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and very close friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at Tithe Missionary Baptist Church at 1415 W. Holmes, Lansing MI, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ben Wade officiating.

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10 Messages to “Ilona E. “My Lona” Harden”

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    Genia Family Says:

    We love you all and wish you peace.

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    Robert Davis Says:

    My brothers i am sorry for your lost i feel all of your pain your mom will be missed by everyone. She was full of joy and laughture and treated everyone so great.i want the harden family to know even though i cant be there to give you my support you are in my thoughts and prayers and i love all of you. I love and miss you Ilona…

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    Barb Dombrowsky Says:

    Eric, Dave and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I know from all our many talks at Pepsi just how much your mother meant to you and how proud you were to be her son. Just keep all the lovely memories of her alive in your heart and she will always be with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Barb Dombrowsky

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    Barbara Thelen DiLernia Says:

    Ilona was a good friend. I worked with Lona for many years at Ameritech. She was so funny, and I loved her carefree spirit. She was the real deal. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will never be forgotten…

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    Carrie VanDyke Says:

    Eirc, Aaron,Dane,Shay. Remebering your Mom. Her soft smile her beautiful spirit warm heart and the deep love she had for each of you,Hold on to the wisdom she gave you, the times you spend talking and laughing together.
    That is what make you the strong men that you are today. My heart has been very sadden to hear of her passing I want you to know you are in my thou and prayer at this time of sorry

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