Mary Harmon, 93, of Fremont, NH went home to be with the Lord on September 13th, 2018. She was born October 14th, 1924 in Oneida, NY, the daughter of Lester and Catharine Holmes. She had one brother, Russell, who pre-deceased her in 2005.
Mary graduated from Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, NY and went on to college, something not very many women did at that time. She started at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, and then transferred to NYU in New York City, where she graduated with a degree in Physical Recreation.
Mary married George Harmon of Lexington, MA on June 29, 1946. Mary and George started their life together in New Milford, NJ, where George ran a TV repair shop. After George got a job with Western Electric in Andover, MA in 1951, they moved to Marshall Road in Kingston, NH with their first two children, Catherine and Charles. Their younger sons, William and Richard, were born in Exeter, NH. Mary lived in the same house until 2003.
Soon after they moved to Kingston, Mary joined the First Congregational Church of Kingston, and was an active member for over forty years, serving in various roles. She was a full-time mom for her four children until Richard was in high school. She then took a job with the Exeter Handkerchief Company (the "hankie factory"), which she kept until she retired.
Mary had a real love of nature, especially birds, inspired by her father's long-time membership in the Audubon Society. She always kept various feeders on the window sill and in the lilac bush outside her kitchen window so she could watch them while she was working in the kitchen. One of her highlights each year was a few days in northern NH with a friend in early October to view the foliage.
She was an avid reader, and loved browsing the stacks of the Kingston library for hidden treasures. She also loved word games; she was an accomplished Jotto player, and was terrific at crossword puzzles. (All that reading gave her a voluminous vocabulary.)
Mary was also an accomplished seamstress, making many of her own and her childrens' clothes. Given that her "sewing room" for many years was little more than an alcove, the dining room table was often covered with her latest sewing project(s).
She lost her son Charles to Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1979 after a twelve-year battle; endless treatments, endless trips to Mass General in Boston. After his death, Mary became active in her local hospice organization to console others in their own impending death or that of a loved one.
She lost George, her husband of 55 years, on November 3, 2001.
Mary is survived by her other three children and their spouses -- Catherine and Richard Douglas of Nottingham, NH, William and Sylvia Harmon of Weston, TX, and Richard Harmon and Cheryl Pikora of North Brookfield, MA. Mary had four grandchildren -- James Douglas of Concord, NH, Amy Papineau of Nottingham, NH, Mariah Patterson of Gainesville, FL and Casandra Hawkins of Denton, TX -- and eight great-grandchildren -- Johnathan and Ashley Abbott, Andrew Douglas and Glenn Papineau, Donovan Patterson and Dylan Stuart, and Madelynn and Shepherd Hawkins.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Kingston, NH at 11 AM on Saturday, November 10th. For those who so choose, donations to the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care or the First Congregational Church of Kingston would be deeply appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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