Mrs. Harmon Goes Home to Heaven

One of Belhaven’s great legacy faculty members passed away this morning.  Mary Harmon was a remarkable servant for the Lord, and we are especially thankful that she dedicated her life to God’s work here at Belhaven.

Larry Mills, Assistant to the President, told me “The Lord called Mrs. Harmon to her heavenly home this morning around 6:10.  Her mind stayed keen, but her 103 year old body just could not recover from a recent illness. She went into the hospital a little over a week ago.  It was a blessing to have had the article on her in the recent issue of the Tartan.”

That Tartan article can be found HERE.

On Mrs. Harmon’s 103rd birthday last year, October 26, 2009, I’d posted this about her here on my blog

Mary Harmon taught home economics at Belhaven from 1952 until 1982.  Today she is celebrating her 103rd birthday!

She grew up in Goodman, Mississippi and graduated from “the W” in 1932 where she studied home economics.

At the request of President Gillespie she joined our faculty in 1952 “to finish out a semester for another professor”  She stayed 30 years, and of course, is a member of our Legacy of Learning Faculty honor roll.

She taught our own Ms. Bettye Quinn at Belhaven.

I know from reliable sources that Mrs. Harmon took most of her paycheck while teaching and put it right back into her classes.  She especially loved the Dr. Ford choirs, and her classes would help make the costumes each year.

Mrs. Harmon says that every morning she reminds herself that “this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it.”  That is a great way to live to 103 and make the most of each precious day the Lord gives us on this earth.

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