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Lena Blanche Harden

Funeral services for Lena Blanche Harden, 101, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, 2023, at Elijah Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harden passed away at 8:21 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2023, at her home.

She was born August 26, 1922, at Lavaca, Arkansas, to Willis and Martha (Hill) Tackitt, the fifth of eleven children.  Blanche was baptized at a young age into the Church of Christ at Elijah, Missouri, and maintained membership there until her death.  On August 24, 1938, she married Elbridge Langston at Dawt, Missouri, and they remained married until his death in 2000.  Elbridge and Blanche had six children.  In 2003, she married her childhood friend, Richard Harden, and enjoyed their life together, traveling and fishing, until his death in 2009.  Blanche stayed active throughout her life and was seen fishing and taking care of family, friends, and her very large yard, even at 100 years of age.  She was often sought out by members of the family and community to obtain information.  Blanche remained in charge of these precious memories until her death.

She is survived by five children, Ramona Joice and spouse, Earl, Caulfield, Missouri, Sam Langston and spouse, Nancy, Thayer, Missouri, Jack Langston and spouse, Donna, West Plains, Missouri, Dennis Langston, Caulfield, Missouri, and Anita Turner and spouse, Randall, El Dorado, Kansas; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; twenty-one great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; double-nephews, Tim Langston and spouse, Lea, Gassville, Arkansas, and Neil Langston and spouse, Reta, West Plains, Missouri; one brother, Billy Joe Tackitt, Caulfield, Missouri; and nephews, nieces, and cousins too many to count.

Her parents, husbands, son, Terry E. Langston, great-granddaughter, Madison P. Frisbie, siblings, Jewel Tackitt, Snowie Spoon, Esther Langston, Katherine Tackitt, Myrtle Hensley, J.B. Tackitt, Doris Bonham, Lee Olen Tackitt, and Pauline Bean, and double-nephew, Gary Lyle Langston, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Harden will lie-in-state from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Baptist Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775.