The Cedar Senior Center hosted a birthday celebration for Minnie Harlan’s 95th birthday on Feb. 14. She was crowned the Cedar Senior Sweetheart. More than 80 people were in attendance.
Minnie Hackett Harlan was born Feb. 17, 1919 in Smith County, Tenn. She comes from a family of eight children, with only one living brother, C.E. Hackett of Carthage.
Mrs. Harlan worked in sales most of her life before retiring. She worked for Castner Knott Co. in Nashville for 12 years. She married Glenn Harlan of Tuckers Crossroads in 1952.They owned and operated Harlan’s Grocery for 35 years.
Mrs. Harlan has a daughter, Glenda, and son-in-law, Bob Redd of Lebanon and one son, Mike Harlan of Hermitage. She has one grandson, Jason Redd of Lebanon and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Harlan has been a member of First Baptist Church of Lebanon for more than 60 years. She worked as a volunteer in the prayer room and as a group captain in the Live Long and Like It Club. She has been a member of Tuckers Crossroads fce Club for more than 60 years, where she served as president for many years. She won the Best of the Best Award in 2009 and many awards for her arts and crafts.
She is also a member of the Cedar Senior Center and served on the board and as secretary.
At the death of her husband, she moved to Southfork subdivision in Lebanon where she lived for 13 years. She now resides in Hearthside Retirement Center. One of her greatest joys was cooking meals for the sick and shut-ins, neighbors and family. Her daughter says her miter can be best described as the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31.