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Harriet Fallon Kearns Coleman

October 25, 2011

Harriet Fallon Kearns Coleman, 95, of
Summerfield died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in
Grand Rapids, Mich. Harriet was born
Feb. 11, 1916, in Francis to James Hiram
and Bessie Idell (Fallon) Kearns. She was
the youngest of four girls. Her sisters,
Nellie Idell, Grace Elizabeth, and Ruth
Eleanor, all are deceased. Harriet graduated
from East Central State University in Ada in 1937,
then from the University of Oklahoma in Norman in
She taught school in Ada for four years, Leflore for 11
years and Talihina for 15 years. She was married for 37
years to Hershal Augusta Coleman, who died in 1984.
Harriet volunteered at age 9 as a babysitter. As an adult,
she volunteered as a Future Homemakers of America
Leader, at Talimena Drive Information Center, Poteau
Hospital Auxiliary, Kerr Center, Carl Albert Community
College and Leflore Elementary School. She was a member
of the Campfire Girls of America as a child. She was
a member of Busy Bees Quilting Club for 30 years, Tri-
Sigma Sorority for 70 years and the Methodist Church for
all of her life. Harriet tickled family members and innumerable
friends with her spunk, wit, generosity, and enthralling
She is survived by her sons, Charles of Norman,
Richard (Cindy) of Grand Rapids; niece, Ellen Lee of
Tulsa; and grandchildren, Iris and Adam of Grand
Michigan family and friends will visit in Harriet’s
honor on Monday, Oct. 24, at the home of Richard and
Cindy Coleman from 6-8 p.m. Oklahoma family and
friends will memorialize Harriet at Evans and Miller
Funeral Home in Poteau at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3,
2012, followed by lunch at Summerfield Community
Center, hosted by family and the Busy Bee Quilting
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in
Harriet’s memory, to Summerfield Community Center
Busy Bee Club, 34518 Reichert-Summerfield Rd., Wister,
OK 74966.
Online messages may be left at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.
com. Arrangements are under the direction of
Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

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