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Darlene Angela Harkrader, age 86, of Belding, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

One of twelve children born to Charles James & Hazel Belle (White) Franklin, she was born on February 3, 1936 in Alpena. On July 31, 1976, in Fenwick, she married Cecil Ray Harkrader and together they enjoyed over 46 years of marriage.

A devoted wife and loving mother, Darlene was a skilled baker and will long be remembered for her fresh baked bread. She had attended Jesus Non-Denominational Church in Greenville, enjoyed watching Westerns and Jimmy Swaggart on the television, and in more recent years delighted in her regular telephone visits with her brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Clint Franklin.

Surviving are her husband, Ray Harkrader of Belding; her children, Alfreda, Donald, and Karen, all of New York, Debbie & Craig Campbell of Stanton, Carol & James Withers of Belding, Judy Burkett of Florida, John & Angie Mosley of Saranac, David & Brenda Mosley of Greenville, and Robert Mosley of Six Lakes; her step-children, Walter Ray Harkrader of Orleans, David Roger Harkrader of Edmore, Victoria & John Wheeler of Ionia, Medina White of Portland, and Shannon Harkrader-Crooks & Bill Crooks of Howard City; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; ten brothers and sisters, Floyd Franklin, Robert “Bob” Franklin, William “Bill” & Gloria Franklin, Dale & Darlene Franklin, Jerry Franklin, Pastor Karen & Delbert Morales. Donna Morse, Dennis & Julie Nelson, and Linda & Ron Pastor; and many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon on Friday at Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a concluding prayer service beginning at 12:00 Noon, officiated by the Rev. Tommy D. Turner, Sr., senior pastor of Jesus Non-Denominational Church.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Hands of Jesus Food Pantry will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Darlene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Debbie Campbell on September 21, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    My mother taught me many different things in my lifetime. The love of baking, sewing and how to care for younger brothers and sisters, but she also taught me how to be strong when needed such as times like this. She taught me to be kind and to care for other’s which she managed to do with each and every one of us. Even though we were a large family she had enough love to go around with plenty to share with the many cousins and friends we all would have stay over. No one ever felt left out.
    Most of all my mother brought Jesus into my life. She was the one who led me to the lord at a very young age. Watching her in her day-to-day life, living for the lord and caring for others inspired me to want to be like her. In doing so I am saddened by the loss of my mother, but I rejoice knowing that she is with our heavenly father and one day I will see her again.
    Mom, I will love you in life and in death, on earth and in heaven, now and forever.
    Your daughter Debbie

  2. Carol Withers on September 21, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Each one of us kids have fond memories of our mother. Her and I went to Africa on a missions trip with our church. Many of my aunts and cousin went also. It is a time I will never forget. But the thing I will remember the rest of my life is two conversations I had with my mom. On Thursday the 15th I asked my mother to sit back in her chair because I was afraid she was going to fall out. After 30 minutes of arguing with her, she finally looked at me and said if you would shut your mouth I would go to sleep. I couldn’t believe she just yelled at me and then she laughed. The next day she did slip out of that chair and I called my sister. She got here and gave mom a choice, bed or back in the chair with the feet up. My mom looked at her and said let’s talk about this. We all three laughed and she chose the chair. So we got her back in the chair. Little did we know that would be the last conversation we had with her. Thank God we laughed, told her we loved her, and gave her a last hug. I have always heard life is short but never thought much of it. I absolutely am a believer now. We had 7 days with our mother and she was gone. But we also have a lifetime of lessons and memories of her. I know she is with the lord and I am thankful for that. I also know I will see her again when it is my turn. I am also thankful she taught me to be strong and to face things head on. I try to do that always. This will be a difficult journey but I will do what mom taught me, face it head on. I love you mom and i will miss you.

    Your daughter

  3. Carrie (Franklin) Sanborn on September 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I remember A. Darlene as being ”Fun-Loving”. She always had a smile on her face and enjoyed spending time with family & friends.
    You will never be forgotten and will be greatly missed. One day, soon, we will have a BIG Family Reunion in Heaven! Together, forever, through eternity!
    My Love & Prayers are with your family and friends who were closest to you. May they find peace & comfort during this time of great loss.

  4. Missy (Shannon) on September 23, 2022 at 10:10 am

    My Ma was the best evers She always had a beautiful smile and kind words . I remember going to Dad’s on weekends and she always took good care of me I was an extra child but I never felt that way because I knew She Loved me.

  5. Linda Franklin Pastor on September 23, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    To my fun loving sister I’ll always cherish my memories of our trip we took to our aunts funeral when we got lost and changed clothes in a gas station bathroom and a small one at that. Our family reunions especially the one at Bobs when all five of us girls spent the night in a tent with wall to wall blow up mattresses and tried to stay awake all night and the times we went out to lunch we all had a great time poor Donna’s face was always red from us embarrassing her so bad she was our shy one. I’ll miss you sis I love you with all my heart and pray I’ll see you again your sis Linda

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