Mary Harl


A graveside service was held Tuesday for Mary Alice Harl, 93, at the Masonic Cemetery in Temple. 
She died Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Elgin.
Harl was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Heavener to Roy and Josie Knecht. She grew up in Heavener and graduated from Heavener High School in 1943. 
Over the years she continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, Eastern Oklahoma in Wilburton, Poteau Junior College, Oklahoma State University, Texas Women’s University, and East Central University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1962.
On June 12, 1948, she married Robert H. Harl in Tulsa. They spent their first year in Heavener and in 1949 moved to Stillwater, where they both attended OSU. 
She returned to Heavener to live with her parents while her husband spent two years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Following his discharge they returned to Stillwater, and then to Leon where her husband took his first teaching job. They then moved to Temple, Lone Grove, Denton, Texas, and Calvin. 
Harl’s first teaching job was in Cement, followed by assignments in Temple, Idabel, Marlow and Clinton Public Schools, where she retired. 
She was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Retired Teachers of Oklahoma, and volunteered with the Literacy Program, Meals on Wheels, Route 66 Museum, the Mission House store, and taught Sunday school. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brothers, Don and Gilbert Knecht and their wives, Josie and Clarice. 
Survivors include two sons, Randy Harl and wife Cassie of Houston, Texas, and Bill Harl and wife Shannon of Tomball, Texas; two daughters, Carly Douglass and husband Herschell of Elgin, and Cindy Powell and husband John of Bray; 10 grandchildren, Robert Douglass and wife Jennifer of Fort Worth, Texas, Brandi Douglass and Roni Finch of Katy, Texas, CJ Powell and wife Whitney of Bray, Carly Beth Messersmith and husband Wilson of Duncan, Grant Harl of Houston, Texas, Bobby Harl of Houston, Texas, Brecca Dressler and husband Mark of Comanche, Allison Harl of Tomball, Texas, Daphne Harl of Tomball, Texas, and William Harl of Tomball, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; her sister, Joanne Fischer and husband Tony of Prescott, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends who cared for her over the years. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Clinton or to medical research. 
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The service was officiated by Rev. Dale Nease.