West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Ilean Harber
Ilean Harber

Ilean Harber was born the daughter of Isaac Hiram Kester and Betty Zela (Williams) Kester on October 13, 1927, in Jeff, Missouri, and departed this life on July 20, 2014, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, on May 15, 1946, to Desmon Harber, who preceded her in death on April 4, 1987.

She is survived by one son, Mike Harber of Thayer, Missouri; two daughters, Betty Coy of Springfield, Missouri, and Deronda Barrett of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, Misty, Jamie, Sierra, Jesse, James, and Desma; seven great-grandchildren, Caiden, Draike, Kyleigh, MaKenna, Tyler, Maycie, and Jaxen; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Betty Kester; her husband, Desmon Harber; one brother, Paul Kester; and six sisters, Beatrice Grable, Golda Hurst, Fern Vaughn, Maudie Lowther, Lena Webb, and Louise Bolt.

Ilean was a devoted homemaker and worked at the Garment Factory in Thayer for several years.

She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed attending Springfield Cardinal games and the thrill of NASCAR racing.

Her greatest joy in life was her family and treasured the times they shared together.

Ilean was an active member of College Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and loyal friend. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until time of the service.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. sue purcell
    July 21, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    Mike I send my sincere sympathy in the loss of you mother. Prayers for you and family in this time of sorrow. Sue Purcell


  2. Linnea Boyer
    July 23, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    Ilean, I love you so much… Wish I could have been there today… Love the visit I had with you on the fourth of July… You said something to me that I will hold forever in my heart….No doubt in my mind where you are at now…Please say hello to all the Family there that I love and miss.. Will see you again in heaven… Linnea Boyer


  3. Blake Simmons
    July 27, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    Illean Harber was the most unselfish person I have ever met. This world was so much better for her being here. She will be dearly missed, and I certainly will never forget her and will always remember her. I guess it its time to retire her favorite candy spoon. My sincere sympathy goes out to Jamie, Deronda, Betty, and Mike. I am so sorry for your loss


  4. Blake Simmons
    July 27, 2014 @ 7:27 am

    Oh, Yes. How could I forget ‘ Bright Eyes’ as Desmon called her. Misty, I am so sorry for your loss


  5. Randall Masters
    July 27, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Mike, sorry for you loss my friend… (Randall from Pickens, South Carolina)


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