Mary Louise Harmon, nee Privett, was born Saturday, May 24, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri to Wm. F. “Frank” Privett, Sr. and Eva Morton Privett. On September 11, 1948, Mary was united in marriage to Clark M. Harmon in Salem, Missouri and to this union six children were born. She passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at her home in Steelville at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 12 days with her family at her side.
Dearly loved by family and friends, Mary enjoyed a quiet life. She was known for the beautiful flowers she raised in her yard and in her home. She loved nature and all God’s creation. Birds had a special place in her heart and they were often given names, as were rabbits, squirrels and even the quails her grandson gave her to raise. Before her health failed she raised large gardens and put away quantities of food to share with whomever needed it. How many times have her children heard her say, “If you need it, take it, it’s yours.” Mary shared whatever she had, (yes, even her glasses, Eva)!
Many of the family’s beds are warmed by the simple quilts she made – all their hearts are warmed by the love she gave! She enjoyed reading books along with reading poetry. Mary was well known in her family for making the best hot rolls and roast beef. Most importantly she loved being a grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and would sign her name when she gave something to her family as, ' Affectionately Grandma Harmy.'
She professed her faith in Christ at a young age and was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church in Salem. Her last days were often found reading the Bible and reflecting on God’s love.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clark Harmon; her parents; son, Donald; daughter, Vicki Stubbs; and grandson, Mark Harmon; brother, James (Marge) Privett; sister, Annette Cobb; brothers-in-law, Bill Hayward and Winfred Harmon.
She is survived by her children, Merideth (Eldon) Sapaugh of Salem, MO, Patricia (Earl) Brand and Steven (Martha) Harmon all of Steelville, MO; Jeff Harmon (Cliff Hewitt) of Humansville, MO; daughter-in-law, Jane (Larry) Conner of Steelville, MO; brother, Bill (Eva) Privett of Salem, MO; sisters, Joan Minn of Ruston, LA, Bess Hayward of St. Joseph, MO, Geneva Keith of Chesterfield, MO and Linda (Dan) Hillemeyer of Murfreesboro, TN; sister-in-law, Jean Harmon of Tulsa, OK; twelve grandchildren, Robert (Erin) Harmon, Donnie (Susie) Harmon, Clark Harmon, Stephen (Tonya) Sapaugh, Ellen (Todd) Barnett, Rene (Chuck) Overton, Russel (Marcia) Brand, Rodney (Lauren) Brand, Mary (Jon) Kinnamore, Andrew (Donna) Stubbs, Eva Harmon and Steven B. (Shalaine) Harmon; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
The Family received friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of "Somewhere over the Rainbow", "Bring my children home", "Go rest High" and "Sheltered in the arms of God" was played. Memories and a special poem were shared by a daughter, Merideth Sapaugh. The service was Live streamed from Britton-Bennett Funeral Home Facebook page.
Committal prayers and interment were in the Pleasant Point Cemetery, Steelville, MO
Honored to be casket bearers were Eldon Sapaugh, Stephen Sapaugh, Donnie Harmon, Dalton Harmon, Steven Harmon, Russell Brand and Rodney Brand with Clark Harmon, Robert Harmon and Cliff Hewitt as honorary bearers.
The Harmon Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.
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