Cerece Hasten, 86, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of La Harpe passed away at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 10,2018 at her daughter’s home in Phoenix, Ariz.
Cerece was born on May 19,1931 in Joetta, Ill., the daughter of Harold and Idell (Loop) Alton. She married Billie Hasten on June 24, 1951 in Fountain Green, Ill. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2017.
After graduating from La Harpe High school in 1949 Cerece attended Western Illinois University. Following their marriage Cerece and her husband, Bill purchased Hasten’s News Stand. In 1952, Bill was called back to active duty in Washington DC, during this time, Cerece continued operating the business. Bill and Cerece sold Hasten’s News Stand and Bill went into partnership with Wayne Yetter to form La Harpe Motor Sales. Cerece was a full-time wife and mother until she returned to work as a secretary for the La Harpe School District. She worked at the junior high school in Terre Haute and then moved to the high school in La Harpe.
Cerece was a member of LaHarpe Christian Church, La Harpe Mother’s Club, and was a 50-year member in PEO. Cerece was active in the La Harpe community where she enjoyed serving her neighbors and friends.
A woman of strong faith and honesty, Cerece was always available to provide a cup of coffee and cookie to her friends and family, her preference to do that was in the gazebo in her back yard surrounded by her flowers. All who knew Cerece admired her character, support and loyalty. She loved spending time with friends and family and was the true example of woman with the gift of hospitality.
She is survived by, two daughters, Janel Schneider of Phoenix, Ariz., Jill Dyer of Golden, Colo., one son-in-law Bill Dyer, four grandchildren, Jessica Schneider Morris, Justin Schneider, Ashley Dyer McManus, Brice Dyer, five great-grandchildren, Brady McManus, Benjamin McManus, Hasten Mc Manus, Amelia Morris, Henry Morris, one sister, Javon Eisenbarth and brother-in-law, Ron Eisenbarth.
Cerece was preceded in death by her husband, Billie, her parents, and one son-in-law, Kirk Schneider.
In honor of Cerece’s love of nature, a graveside service and burial will be held on April 28th at 1 p.m. at the McConnell Cemetery in Fountain Green, Ill. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be at the La Harpe Christian Church. A reception will follow at the La Harpe Christian Church from 2-4 p.m. A memorial to La Harpe Christian Church has been established and can be sent to Banks and Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450. To sign the guest book and leave a condolence, please visit her obituary at http://www.banksandbeals.com./