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Della May McCracken Trotter
Hardtner-Della May McCracken Trotter, 100, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hardtner with Pastor Dwain Richert, Community Bible Fellowship Church, Medicine Lodge, officiating. Burial will follow in the Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery. Viewing will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Della was born on August 16, 1915 to William Lee and Alice McCracken. She attended school and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School, obtaining a teaching certification. She taught school in a one room school house northwest of Hardtner. On May 31, 1935 she married Earl Trotter. Della and Earl ranched and farmed northwest of Hardtner. In 1954 she became the head cook at the Hardtner Public School. She fed students for 27 years. Being an avid reader she became the librarian at the Hardtner Public Library. After retiring from the library she enjoyed being a homemaker and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by husband, Earl; her parents; four brothers: Elmer, Roy Charles and John; three sisters: Mildred Marian, Beth May and Lenora (Babe) Lawson and one great grandson, Matthew Strain.

She is survived by two children, Janet Smith and husband, Bill of Hardtner, Ethan Trotter and wife, Janice of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Donna Strain, LeeAnne Osgood, Laura Fails, Brian Trotter and Ashlee Trotter; eight great grandchildren, Jessica Strain, Spencer Osgood, Abbigail Osgood, Samuel Fails, Josephine Fails, Sadie Trotter, Preston Trotter and Rylee Trotter; one great-great grandchild, Olivia Strain; nieces; nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Bill and Janetís Nature Museum or the Hardtner Public Library through the funeral home.

Expressions from friends and relatives

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


I'm sorry for your loss.  She was a wonderful person I'm so glad I knew growing up.  I will always remember the blue and gold cookies she made on game day in Junior High.  They were the best.
Elaine (Roberts) Warren


Sorry for the passing of such a great lady. Always there to lend a hand with a smile and a great friend and community supporter, and I might add a great school cook. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.
Steve,Mike and Louise Ewing


My favorite story about Della started about 15 years ago during the county fair.  Of all things, our dryer quit during the week we needed horse show clothes and beef show clothes!  Della always said if we needed anything to just come by so I took my laundry to her house and used her dryer!  EVERY time I saw her after that, including her 100th birthday party last summer, she told me that if I needed to dry clothes her dryer was available! What a precious lady and friend!
Patty Maze


Della was a wonderful part of my life when I was visiting my grandparents in Hardtner. She  always had a smile and kind word whenever she saw me, and that never changed.  She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched, including me. Thoughts and prayers for her family.
Patty Lawrence


I truly loved my Aunt Della she was a treasure. My family and I will miss her.
Joe Trotter


Janet, Ethan, and families:
I just received my issue of The Kiowa News to learn of the passing of your mother. My deepest heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your mother was a dear person and a pillar in the Hardtner community. My fondest memory of the kitchen staff when I was  in school there was the wonderful kolaches they created! I have never tasted any others that have measured up!! May your relish the wonderful memories that God blessed you with and find comfort in His promises!
Judy Wolgamott, Stillwater, OK



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