Essie Mae Harlan, 80, Wabash, died at 1:37 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at her home. She was born Oct. 9, 1933 in Paintsville, Ky. to George and Eula Mae (Boyd) Banks.
Essie married Bedford R. Harlan in Wabash, in 1951; he died Aug. 3, 1995. She retired from General Tire in Wabash in 1972. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Elks, going to the casino, cooking and cleaning her house. She was a recording artist, producing four albums, until she made the decision to stay home and raise her children. She enjoyed karaoke singing, where she met her companion of nine years, Wally Baker, Wabash. She especially enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids.
She is survived by six children, Gary Harlan, Wabash, Edward (Rhonda Trexler) Harlan, Peru, Debbie Tucker and Shelly (Harold) Osborne, both of Wabash, Vickie (Mike) Shircliff, Carmel, and Richard (Dee Dee) Harlan, Wabash; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Lloyd Banks, and Podgie Banks, both of Van Lear, Ky., Dottie (Charlie) Brown, Wabash, Jerry Banks, Sevierville, Tenn., Bobby (Juanita) Banks, Charles Ray Banks and Nila Mae (Dave) Collins, all of Van Lear. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry E. Harlan; two brothers, George Banks Jr., and Benny Banks, and four sisters, Velma L. Wells, Bonnie Webb, Billie Sue Miller, and Judy Rittenhouse.
Per Essie's request, there will be no services.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society and ARC of Wabash County.
The memorial guest book for Essie may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.