Funeral services for Pansy Harjo, 86, of Moore, OK (formerly of Chamberlain) were held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Resthaven Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, OK with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City.
Pansy Lou Dee Harjo was born November 26, 1932 in Polk County Missouri to Eugene and Annie (Fletcher) Hascall. She attended grade school at Mt. Herman graduating from Humansville High School in 1950. In 1951, Pansy was united in marriage to Joe Harjo. To this, union four children were born Danny Ray, Karen, Marilyn, and Shirley. They made their home in Ada, OK where she raised her children.
Pansy known to many as “Granny” was born a free spirit, witty, stubborn, outspoken, and tough she would not let injury, age, or circumstance impede her from doing ANYTHING in life.
In 1971, she relocated her family to Chamberlain, SD where she worked as a waitress at the Rainbow Café and Al’s Oasis, eventually returning to Oklahoma and settling into a long-term career at the Red Lobster in Oklahoma City.
She was adventurous and a natural leader with an unmatched work ethic and love for the outdoors.
She could take on any job or activity without hesitation; from taking her kids and any stragglers camping at her lake property, to riding on horseback for hours through the river bluffs of South Dakota.
Pansy loved God, she understood that everything that happens whether good or bad was all part of God’s ultimate plan. This allowed her to persevere through many tough trials this earthly life put in her way.
Pansy loved to travel and explore new places; she made every attempt possible to be at every major life event happening in the family. While in attendance, she always had a camera in hand to capture the moment, therefore granting her the title of family historian.
Pansy also evolved with technology, from restoring and using an “antique” typewriter to make sure her kid’s schoolwork was nice and neat to establishing a prominent social media presence. She would always be the first to “like” or comment on a post on Facebook especially if that post called for prayer. This platform also allowed her to keep in touch with family spread throughout the world and to share photos from her hundreds of photo albums.
Pansy “Granny” passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City surrounded by her family. Grateful for sharing her life are daughter Shirley Phillips; grandson Jamey Phillips; granddaughters Tori Phillips and Alicia Phillips-Hermann (Josh); great grandchildren Nicole, Johnathan and Madison Phillips and Aivan Gregg; great-great granddaughter Stephanie Phillips all of Moore, OK; sisters Mary Crowe, Olympia, WA; Daisy Thompson (Larry) Lame Deer, MT; Margaret Rains, Bolivar, MO; brothers Bill (Ann) Cameron, MO; Harvey (Carol), Humansville, MO; Johnnie (Janet), Blanchard, OK and Harley Ray (Juanita), Tecumesh, OK and many, many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents Eugene and Annie, infant daughters Karen and Marilyn, son Danny Ray, grandson Tracy Phillips, great-grandson Tracy Lynn Phillips, sister Pauline Jenkins and brother Don Hascall.