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Arlene Hardin

June 18, 1941 — April 13, 2024


Ethel Arlene (Walker) Hardin, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 82. She was born on June 18, 1941, in Pryor, Oklahoma, to Albert and Lettie (Foster) Walker. As a junior in high school, she was the basketball queen, prettiest girl, and Miss Pryor in 1958. After high school, she moved to Tulsa where she received a job at Daveson Sporting Goods. She then settled in at Sun Oil Company where she worked for 16 years before retiring in 1979.

She married Darrell Hardin in October of 1979 and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary this year. She was a loving and compassionate companion who helped her husband through hard times as he worked through hard times from his time in Vietnam. Arlene was a devoted wife and well-known for being a very thoughtful, kind, and caring woman. Her parents raised her to be that way as she would often take them on trips to sightsee and visit relatives. She also bought them many things such as a washer and dryer, t.v., dining table, riding lawnmower, char coaler, and her dad a 58’ Chevy pickup, along with many other things. She dedicated a considerable amount of time to taking care of her parents, aunt, and her husband’s parents. She was content with her life and never wanted anything but to have friends, family, a home, and food on the table.

Throughout her life, she made many lifelong friends that were from high school and her time in the workforce. She loved to go out to dinner with her work friends to celebrate when one had a birthday. She enjoyed being outside working in the yard and tending to her garden where she took great pride in her tomato and okra plants. When she was first married, she had two dogs; an English Setter, Whitey, and an Irish Setter named Molly whom she loved and adored dearly. After their passing, she took to her cats, Silver, Zeb, and Buddy. Each pet would come up to the house searching for a home. She loved to feed the birds and anything else that was hungry.

When a friend or family member had a birthday, she loved to send out cards and call them to sing happy birthday throughout the year. She would often lend a listening ear to anyone who needed it about any issues they may be having but would never complain about her own. Arlene will be missed by all who knew her and will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Hardin, of the home; brothers-in-law, Harold Hardin and wife Barbara of Glenpool, OK, and Jerry Hardin of Kansas City; sister-in-law, Shirlene Ogan of Kansas City; aunt, Pat Walker, special friends, Jeanie and Ronnie Bock of Tulsa, OK; and numerous cousins, relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Lettie Walker; two sisters; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

A memorial service for Arlene will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2024, at Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Walker officiating. Inurnment will follow directly after the service at Bryan Chapel Cemetery in Boatman, OK. To leave her family a message, please visit her guestbook at Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service of Pryor. 

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Friday, April 26, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service

1204 NE 1st St, Pryor, OK 74361

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