Ilona E. "My Lona" Harden

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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Jana & Kenneth Hester
April 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and draw on eachother for strength to get through this sad time.

Julia Gill
April 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

To Ilona’s wonderful Son’s and entire family:

My thought’s and prayer’s are with you. Ilona was a beautiful
caring person, that I feel very honored to have known. She
will be greatly missed, but her memories will be with us for

Love and Prayer’s

Peggy J Wilson and Family
April 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Our prayer’s are with the family, your mother was a beautiful person’s she will be missed, may God Bless you all.

Love the Wilson Family

Dorene Dean
April 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

I knew your mom when she worked at AT&T. She always had a smile and seemed to enjoy whatever was going on. Ilona was a great lady. I am sorry for your loss. Hope you have many wonderful memories to help you through this time.

Terri Rawls (POON)
April 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

Aunt Ilona will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was so wonderful and humble and always made time for us. I used to call her at 3am and she would answer, she was a great listener who didn’t judge and always gave good advice. I Love you Aunt ILONA 🙂

Carrie VanDyke
April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

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

Barbara Thelen DiLernia
April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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…

Barb Dombrowsky
April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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

Robert Davis
April 19, 2011 at 3:28 am

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…

Genia Family
July 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

We love you all and wish you peace.


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