Betty Harmon

July 17, 1922 - December 26, 2021
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Betty Harmon, 99, of Dover, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Born Betty Lou Schaefer on July 17, 1922 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Max and Ila (Riggs) Schaefer. In 1940, Betty graduated from Burlington High School and attended Western Illinois University but suspended her…

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Betty Harmon, 99, of Dover, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Born Betty Lou Schaefer on July 17, 1922 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Max and Ila (Riggs) Schaefer. In 1940, Betty graduated from Burlington High School and attended Western Illinois University but suspended her education after three years to work as a civil employee of the United States Army at Mayo General Hospital at Galesburg, Illinois, during World War II. It was there that she met her husband, Kenneth D. Harmon and the two were married in the base chapel on December 31, 1944 and began a marriage that lasted for over 72 years.

The couple moved to Dallas, Texas for a few years while Kenneth attended photography school. He then opened Harmon Photography with his brother, Ray in 1950 and Betty began her teaching career soon after. Over the course of 25 years, she taught business subjects at the former Stone Creek and Indian Valley South High Schools as well as Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School and eventually obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University.

Betty was a 55-year member of the Dover First United Methodist Church, a member of the church’s Ruth Circle, a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Tuscarawas Valley Duplicate Bridge Association. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, traveling and meeting up with friends and family.

Betty is survived by her son, Tom Harmon (Cindy James), of Uhrichsville and many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her sister, Francis Yoder.

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11 AM in Dover Burial Park at Dover with Rev. David St. Aubin officiating. A reception will follow in the Hospitality Room of the Geib Funeral Center at Dover.

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Dover First United Methodist Church, 1725 North Wooster Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622.

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Service Information

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Dover Burial Park

Address:

N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Reception Information

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Dover First United Methodist Church

1725 N. Wooster Avenue
Dover, Ohio 44622

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Born: July 17, 1922
Died: December 26, 2021

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Stephen Lenarz posted on 1/14/22

Tom I'm so sorry for the passing of your mother. She was a great lady

 

Sr. Shirley Vaughn posted on 1/13/22

On behalf of the residents and staff of The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where Betty lived for nine years and Ken for seven until his death, I want to extend our sympathy to Tom and Cindy. It was our privilege and pleasure to have Betty in our community for so long. Betty loved to participate in many activities and helped others to do the same. Betty had many friends here and we were truly sad when she relocated back to Ohio. May God, whom she loved and served, grant you peace and consolation as you lay her to rest.

 

Elise Frierson posted on 1/12/22

Dear Tom and Cindy, Our family dearly loved your mother! We all feel Betty was truly an angel and blessing in the life of our mother, and likewise personally in mine! My heart is broken that she has passed, but wow, what an amazing life well lived! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Much love, Elise Frierson and Family

 

Mary Leeper posted on 1/7/22

Betty was one of the most positive women I have ever known. She deeply loved the two most important men in her life: husband Ken and son Tom. I will miss her wisdom and beautiful smile. A life well lived, that's for sure. Thanks for being my friend, Betty.

 

Pamela Brown posted on 1/7/22

I was a student of Betty’s at IVS and have many good memories of her business classes. My condolences to the family.

 

Robin Smitley posted on 1/7/22

She was my third grade teacher! Awesome lady and teacher!

 

Cindy Davis posted on 1/7/22

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Harmon. As a 1977 graduate of TCC she taught me for several years in my various courses. It was nice that there was a card shower for a recent birthday and I was able to send her a card and message.

 

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