Harriet Crawford Hone
Died peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 9, 2013. She was 91 years old. She was born March 1, 1922 in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she lived with her parents, Claud and Bessie Crawford, and three brothers, Wayne, Arthur and Claud Jr. In 1940 she left for Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, graduating in 1944. The war years left an imprint upon her life, especially after the loss of her brother Wayne in 1944. Harriet met Ralph E. Hone the same year, and they were married on December 27, 1944. Harriet and Ralph moved to New York City where he completed graduate work at New York University. After Ralph received his PhD in English literature, the family moved to Wheaton, IL where Ralph first worked as a professor at Harriet's alma mater. Busy with four children, Harriet took courses in teaching and taught one year. In 1956 the family moved to Redlands, CA where Ralph became a professor at the University of Redlands, teaching there until 1978. Harriet enjoyed most taking care of her family, waiting until the children were in school before continuing her pursuit of a teaching career. She taught at Yucaipa Jr. High for 20 years, teaching English and Social Studies. In 1960-61 the whole family lived in Salzburg, Austria, the first Salzburg campus away for students from the University of Redlands. Other travels included a year in Helsinki, Finland, a year in Tokyo, Japan and several trips to England.
When Ralph had a stroke in 1981 Harriet retired from teaching and devoted her time to her husband until his death in 1999.
Since 2000, in her late 70's and into her 80's, Harriet traveled to Israel, South Africa and Myanmar (Burma). Harriet loved to travel, never tiring of seeing new places and new people. She took great pride in packing light, traveling to South Africa with just a backpack to visit her college roommate.
Harriet was devoted to the First Baptist Church of Redlands. She was a Sunday school teacher, a long time member of the Charity Carmen circle, a member of American Baptist Women's ministries and most recently served on the missions commission. Harriet was a long time supporter of many missions and appreciated the opportunity to support individuals and organizations that provide service to others. Harriet was also a 31 year member of Cosmos Club, a lifetime member of the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society and a member of the Redlands-Yucaipa Retired Teachers Association. She supported the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Redlands Footlighters. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry.
Harriet is survived by four children: three daughters, Beth Melonuk of Fort Laramie, Wyoming (Robert), Hannah Leckman of Hamden, Connecticut (James), Martha Hone-Warren of Redlands, California (Michael) and a son, Philip Hone, of Redlands, CA (Dawn Duranceau). Harriet is also survived by five grandchildren: Emily, Peter, Jason, Justin and Samuel as well as six great-grand children and a seventh due in December 2013, two brothers: Arthur Crawford of Ohio and Claud Crawford of Tennessee and her "adopted" daughter Thu Van Ziemba.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests making a donation in Harriet's name to the Missions Commission, First Baptist Church of Redlands.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3pm at the First Baptist Church Redlands located at the corner of Olive Avenue and Cajon Street. A private interment for the family will be held at Hillside Memorial Cemetery.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Oct. 27, 2013