Cecil Brannon Hardin, born March 21, 1918, in Shady Point to Oscar and Maud Brannon died Sept. 1, 2013, at Baptist Village Evergreen Care Center in Owasso. She was 95.
Cecil went to school at Knothole and Shady Point where she enjoyed playing basketball. On Jan. 2, 1935 she eloped with her school sweetheart, Jesse W. Hardin. They raised three children and celebrated 69 years together until his death in July 2004.
She devoted her life to family, taking over many of the household responsibilities as a young girl when her mother was ill for an extended period of time. She was the fifth child of eight and in later years her siblings expressed their appreciation to her for keeping the family together. As a wife, mother and grandmother, her family was her life. She was known for her cooking, canning, gardening, sewing and crocheting abilities as well as her friendships and smile. She made crocheted afghans for her children and grandchildren and special blankets for all her great-grandchildren. She loved her church, Southside Baptist Church in Poteau, and remained active as long as her health allowed.
She was preceded in death by her husband; all of her siblings; son-in-law, Robin Vaught; and daughter-in-law, Martha Bramlett Hardin.
She is survived by her son, Larry of Oklahoma City; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Ken Tobler of Tulsa; daughter, Marilyn Vaught of Gladewater, Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Larry Hardin, Jeffrey Hardin, Kenneth Tobler, Michael Tobler, John Collis and Jim Newberg.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel in Poteau with Ken Tobler officiating. Burial will be Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home.
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