Meriden - Mable Harkless, 70, beloved wife of Curtis Harkless Sr. of Meriden died May 26, 2007 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden. Born in Cumberland County, Virginia on April 12, 1937 she was the daughter of the late Ackery and Verdia Riddle. She was a lifelong resident of Meriden. Besides her husband she is survived by five daughters and their spouses, Ada and Orlando Garcia, Verdia and Jay Mitchell, Barbara Raye, Debra White and Don Ald, Cynthia and David Badillo, six sons, Jody and his wife Tanya Raye, Michael Raye, Curtis Harless Jr., Clarence Harless, Gregory Harkless, Jerome Harkless and Jackie Harkless. She was predeceased by a son John Raye and a brother Alonzo Riddle. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a special friend Catalina Arce and will be missed by a host of friends and family. Funeral service Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. prior to the service.

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  1. A wonderful lady who will be truly missed. May your journey home be a peaceful one. God will be getting one of his angels back. We will meet again.

  2. Curtis and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. While I did not know Mable, I am sure she was a wonderful and strong woman. She must have been to have such a terrific husband and beautiful family. What a wonderful legacy she has left us all.

  3. Dear Curtis & Family, The thoughts and prayers of your .Cox family. are with you during this time of loss and always.

  4. Dear Curtis, Sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. I pray God’s guidance will give you the strength and peace to get through the days to follow.

  5. dear mother, I want to tell you so much but I don’t want you to worry.What family do I have? thet will stab you and down you so much that you can’t say a word. I know that I am not perfect. I love you and I will be joining you soon. love your son clarence

  6. everyday I miss you and hope to see you soon. Mother I love you and noone can take that from me.love always your son clarence

  7. Gram, i think sometimes about the family i knew when i was a young girl and the family that was when you left. so much changed. love is supposed to conquer all things but too much resentment leads to too much hate. your love was original and your pain was substantial. i wanted to have more time with you to come to know the strength that allowed you to be you even in the face of haters and those that did not know the life you wanted to have. you were the wind beneath my wings and i was out of breath for so long being without you daily. the only thing that helps is that you are not in pain, but my pain is so deep that i cant put into words. you are my gram, the one who was there regardless of anyone or anything and i love you and miss you dearly, gram. your last thoughts i can only wish were pleasant of this family that remains today. i have listened to sam cooke’s song over and over wondering why you liked it. i love it. that is you gram. it truly has been a long time coming, if only i could have known the time was coming and the change that would be and let go of my selfish resentments. to have you again is my goal for my life, i love you gram and Jehovah’s plan will be.

  8. how many days I think and miss you so much. It’s hard to move on and I’m doing my best to move on MOM I love and may you rest. love your son clarence

  9. I can’t stop thinking of you my world is gone without you mother I wish I can be with you yall soon I hope love your son clarence

  10. I hear your voice, I see your face and most of all your love for everyone. May I have hope to see you again. It’s been hard but I believe in hope. LOVE YOU ALWAYS YOUR SON CLARENCE

  11. i KNOW THAT PEOPLE DON’T CARE BUT YOUR LOVE WAS THE BEST I WON’T BE HERE LONG BUT WHAT YOU WANT I CAN’T BE HERE BUT I LOVE YOU DEARLY CLARENCE

  12. I know that you are in a deep sleep when that time comes you will never be sick or tired you will live forever in paridise.I LOVE YOU and still miss you. love your son clarence

  13. I MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN MABLE VERY WELL, BUT I ALWAYS ASKED HER SONS ALL THE TIME HOW SHE WAS DOING. I JUST SEEN CLARENCE ON SATURDAY AND HE TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS DOING GOOD. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE WHOLE FAMILY, I CAN FEEL YOUR PAIN, BECAUSE I LOST MY DAD 4 YRS AGO. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS. YOUR CHILDHOOD FRIEND, RICK GALINDEZ

  14. I WISH YOU WAS HERE I’M TRYING HARD TO MAKE A NEW LIFE WITHOUT YOU HERE WITH ME SOMEDAY I WILL SUCEED MY LOVE WILL NEVER DIE LOVE YOUR SON CLARENCE

  15. i WOKE UP TODAY THINKING ABOUT YOU.oNE THING I CAN SAY IS THAT YOU ARE IN MY DREAMS AND THEY FEEL SO REAL. WE TALK AND WE LAUGH AND IT SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES. MOTHER I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. REST MOM REST SOON YOU WILL COME TO A PEACEFULL WORLD. LOVE ALWAYS CLARENCE

  16. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mrs Harkless and her family for most of my life, because her daughter Ada (Cookie), and I have been best friends for over forty years. Mrs Harless use to always verbalized how special our friendship was and that it was really something to cherrish. Mrs Harkless was the most happiest when she had a house full of family and friends. You could hear her laughter throughout the house. Mrs Harkless will be truly missed. There’s no other like your mother. To the family, if there’s anything that I can do just call me and I will be there. My husband and I prayers go out to you, may you find comfort and strength in the word, family and friends Love Jacqui & Greg Baker

  17. MAY YOU REST YOU WERE WONDERFUL AND YOUR LAUGH YOUR SMILE AND YOUR TEARS WILL ALWAY BE IN MY HEART UNTIL I LAID TO REST NO ONE COULD EVER REPLACE YOU MOM NO ONE SLEEP BECAUUSE YOU WILL HEAR THAT TRUMPET AND THAT WILL BE THE GREATEST TIME OF MY LIFE IS TO SEE YOU AGAIN WHAT A GREAT WOMAN I MISS YOU

  18. mom i miss you and don’t do things right. from grandma ada to grandma verida aunt toot and nanny I am lost I know you wanted me to be strong but somedays i don’t feel like getting out bed but my heart hurts as days go by because you are not here I hope that one day i can live I am glad you made it love always clarence

  19. mom, GOD IS GOOD AND ICAN’T STOP LOVING HIM. YOU MAY LEAVE ME BUT GOD LIVES IN YOUR HEART. LOVE YOUR SON CLARENCE

  20. Mom, I miss you dearly.All the good times we shared.Everyday that we talked on the phone were very special to me, and how we laughed and had fun with each other. Mom, you made me who I am and I thank-You! Without your help and advice I don’t know where I would be..Mom you are my heart and soul and I miss you dearly. Love Always, your son Michael

  21. mom, I will always miss your present i have no one to talk to like you was there for me and i miss that about you i will try hard to get my life on track i hope i can to that you were beautiful in all your ways and a good listener to whatever problem arise you taught me great understanding and that is something that i will always treasure may you rest in peace I love you always your son clarence

  22. MOM,TRUE LOVE THAT WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU.IT HAS MAKE ME LAUGH EVEN WHEN I DIDN’T WANT TO.IT MADE ME SMILE EVEN WHEN UPSET.IT ALSO CAUSE ME TO LOOK AT MYSELF TWICE.TODAY IT MAKES ME CRY,BECAUSE YOUR FAREWELL CAME TO SOON AND MY LOVE IS STILL HERE. LOVE NEWTIE

  23. MOM,TRUE LOVE THAT WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU.IT HAS MAKE ME LAUGH EVEN WHEN I DIDN’T WANT TO.IT MADE ME SMILE EVEN WHEN UPSET.IT ALSO CAUSE ME TO LOOK AT MYSELF TWICE.TODAY IT MAKES ME CRY,BECAUSE YOUR FAREWELL CAN TO SOON AND MY LOVE IS STILL HERE. LOVE NEWTIE

  24. mother, not a day goes by that I don’t miss you. I love you until the day I can see you again. May God love you and please be happy that when I met you in the end please your not suffering nomore and I will still love you until the end

  25. mother,mother how hard it is witout you around. My love for you still grows and I miss you . May you rest in peace love your son clarence

  26. My sincere condolences to the family. The loss of a loved one is a hard thing to go through. I hope time, family, and good friends will make the loss easier. You will be missed by all.

  27. OH’ How much I miss you and I got to live. People on the street telling me that Jesus still loves me. If I don’t have noone I got HIM. I miss you and love you everyday love clarence

  28. Oh mother how much I miss you so days and nights every hour. you was the greatest mother that anybody would love take care and love will always treasure you.love your son clarence

  29. Oh. boy,everyday is a stuggle and night is hard. I miss you so dearly that I keep myself silent i don’t say much I LOVE YOU MOM. your son clarence

  30. Our family wishes to express our sincerest condolences upon your loss. It is never an easy thing to experience. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .May God bless you all. Andrea Cooper and family

  31. So many days without you and little things I am doing with my life. I am not doing anything with it. I wish that I can overcome this in my life. I love you your lost son clarence

  32. so sorry to hear of your loss,curtis.try to think of the good times you had with her.we think of you often and wish only good things for you as you have done so much for us (removing antenna wires,wiring outlets,etc) but mostly just being a good friend at dimension.god bless

  33. To Curtis and the Harkless Family I was deeply saddened to hear of Mabel’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you the strength to get over this difficult time.

  34. To mable a lovin mother mom i miss u it gets hard but noin i will c u again is makin me stronger cant wait love always rome

  35. To the entire Harkless Family, Letting Go Letting go of everything, everything you ever knew. Surrendering for once and all, it’s just too hard to do. Though time may pass, you’re trapped within the past. Leaving behind what once was and all that’s been amassed. wondering where her love went, how it left you so fast. If only it wouldn’t hurt so much, when forever does not last. Lingering thoughts of her remain, and so you still grieve. Hidden pain beneath a mask, for noone to perceive. Moving forward is so hard when you believe, it wasn’t time for her to go, too soon for her to leave. May the Blessings and Love of Jehovah be upon all of you through this grieving time. With deepest Sympathy, Beatrice Rios and Family (Meriden North Congregation)

  36. TO THE HARKLESS FAMILY ME AND MY FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES UPON YOUR LOSS.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU MAY GOD BLESS YOU. MRS.GRACIE BARNES-SMITH AND FAMILY

  37. To The Harkless Family, I am so sorry about your loss.She is in the hands of the Lord and looking down on everyone smiling because she now is at peace. Debbie be strong.

  38. today I shed a tear such thinking about you. It’s hard knowing that you are not here. mom,I love you and hope to see you again. love always your son clarence

  39. well, I’m still working and trying hard to live a life that will keep me on a narrow line. I made slip but I know how to stay on the line. may you be at peace love your son clarence

  40. Well, this time they got something on me. I should of left a long time ago but mom I want to clear my name and your kids wanted this and I can’t fight all of them but i don’t want to see not one of them for the rest of my life. It took this to realize what they think. i’ll be alright I LOVE YOU and now my eyes are open. your only son clarence

  41. What a day to remember what kind of person you were. Thank GOD I had you in my life you was good to me. You knew this day was coming you knew how the outcome. I live on strenght today knowing I will see you again. love always clarence

  42. what a day without mom i have no one to talk too.you gave me joy every time we had good or bad days.now i feel your pain how everything is with you or without you. I can never forget that beautiful person you was and will alway be. being away i will feel a lot better may you rest love always your son clarence

  43. What a day without you around I still miss you everyday and doing my best to come to terms with myself may you rest in peace and i will see you again love you always your son clarence

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