Emma Lou Hardin, 89, of Perkins, died March 31, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel and will be live-streamed from her personal obituary page at www.strodefh.com.
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Emma Lou was born July 11, 1931, in Geary, Oklahoma, the daughter of Ralph and Nettie Mae Hubbard. She graduated as valedictorian from Binger High School. She excelled in the classroom, the basketball court and on the softball diamond, batting both right and left-handed.
She spent her childhood helping her parents in their farming operations, and in doing so, developed a lifelong love of gardening, canning, and preserving. In many Hardin meals, the salt and pepper were the only items not produced on the Hardin’s farm, including the milk, butter, ice cream and cheeses.
As a dedicated member of FCE, she participated in nearly every activity necessary to promote the successes of the organization and its individual members. When she found herself the grandmother of three Middle East activated military members, she began sending care packages to each one. She discovered her grandsons were sharing the wealth around with those not receiving anything from home. So, she recruited help from her FCE members and others and expanded her shipments in both size and quantity. Before long, nearly the whole bottom floor of her house became an assembly line fulfillment center distributing purchased and homemade goodies to hundreds of GI’s.
Emma Lou loved teaching. Her first position was at one of Oklahoma’s last one-room schoolhouses, Almony, where she taught a dozen students first through eighth grades. She loved every single student she ever taught, even the most challenging ones. She was recognized as an excellent and in-demand elementary educator. Her students exhibited their respect for her through their cooperation and successes later in life, many returning to share their appreciation of her hard work in molding their early years.
Emma Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ronald.
Above all, however, she devoted every fiber of her being to her husband of 69 years, George, and their two children, Patsy and husband Terry Sheales of Canberra, Australia and Donald and LaMoyne Hardin of Guthrie, her seven grandchildren and her eleven plus great-grandchildren. She always had an abundance of time to cuddle and read to each one of them and delighted in talking to them on the phone when they were not near enough to climb onto her lap.
In lieu of flowers, please honor her memory by contributing to Friends of the Library, c/o Perkins City Hall, 110 North Main Street, Perkins, OK 74059, 405-547-2445.