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.