YOUNGSTOWN - Harriet E. Best, 91, died Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014, at her home.
Mrs. Best was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Struthers, a daughter of James and Marietta Laughlin Hanlon.
She was a 1939 graduate of Struthers High School and attended Youngstown College, taking secretarial classes. Mrs. Best worked as a waitress for Grays Drugstore, Morgans Wonderboy, and Berendts Restaurant, and retired from the Hasti House at the age of 70.
She was a member of the Faith Community Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of the YWBA, bowling frequently at the Bowladrome and Holiday Bowl in Struthers. She also enjoyed playing cards, belonging to various clubs throughout the years, watching the Cleveland Indians and NFL football, especially cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. More than anything, she loved surrounding herself around family and spending time with them.
Her husband, Norman W. Best, whom she married June 20, 1942, died Aug. 16, 1995.
She is survived by her daughter, Harriet Elizabeth Sissy (Kenneth) Norris of Youngstown; five sons, Norman W. (Barbara) Best Jr. of Killeen, Texas, David E. (Kathy Futey) Best of Ellsworth Township, James T. (Patty) Best of Forest Grove, Mont., Paul O. (Trisha) Best of San Antonio, Texas, and Robert L. Best of Youngstown; three sisters, Betty Bates of Canfield, Dorothy (William) Walters of Campbell, and Donna (George) Janis of Cornersburg; 24 grandchildren, Sherry, Norman, Richard, Michael, Shelli Ellen, David, Amanda Jay, James, Delores, Cassie, Jerua, Charity, Paul, Trisha, Missy, Dennis, Melinda, Shannon, Robbie, Brian, Becky, Woody, Joshua, and Nicole; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis R. Best; two daughters-in-law, Patti Sue Best and Mary Ellen Best; three sisters, Mary Bricker, Rose Roby, and Josephine Hanlon; seven brothers, James, Jack, George, Bill, Bob, Raymond, and Charles Hanlon; grandson, Robert L. Best Jr.; and an infant great-great granddaughter.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.