Claranell “Kibby” Harkins
Claranell “Kibby” Harkins, 99, of Windy Hill Village PSL and formerly of Osceola Mills, PA died on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Windy Hill Village, PSL in Philipsburg, PA.
Born on July 12, 1918 in Wilkinsburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Margaret (Bowler) McKibben.
Claranell grew up in Charleroi, PA and graduated from Charleroi High School in 1935. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in teaching. She taught for three years at the Charleroi High School, married Dr. William Ross Harkins and moved to Osceola Mills PA. They had a daughter, Margaret Irene “Marene” Harkins. She married James Paul and resides in Towson, MD. They also had a son, Dr. William Kyle Harkins, he and his wife, Michele reside in Philipsburg, PA.
Claranell did substitute teaching in the Philipsburg Osceola High School and was an avid Bridge Player.
“Kibby”, to those who knew her best, was an artist. She saw the world in a different light, enjoying its beauty and trying to compassionately understand its more difficult times. She felt that the key to happiness was to never let yourself be bored. She was happy and lived her life without regret.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Stannard H. McKibben.
She is survived by her daughter and son, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Private Funeral Services were held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC in Osceola Mills, PA with Pastor Stephen G. Durr officiating. Burial was at the Umbria Cemetery in Osceola Mills, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.
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