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THE ELLIS COUNTY CAPITAL
Arnett, Ellis County, Oklahoma
April 15, 2004
Garnet Marie Harmon
Garnet Marie Harmon of San Antonio, Texas, daughter of George and Grace Henderson was born January 15, 1913, in the homestead house on Commission Creek in southern Ellis County. She died Friday morning April 9, 2004, at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
Garnet was raised on the family farm that has become known as Trails End, the affectionate name given to the homestead by her father George. She attended school at Bishop Community and Alva, before graduating form high school in Higgins, Texas in 1920. Following graduation, she returned to Alva to attend Northwestern Teachers College.
She obtained her Teacher's certificate after the initial year at college and eventually graduated in 1939 by returning every summer to complete additional hours.
Garnet married Zearl Harmon in 1935 at Woodward. Following their marriage they both started teaching in Major County, at separate one-room schools. The following year they were both hired in Fairview, where they taught together for five years. After a few years at Cimarron Valley, Zearl landed a job as Superintendent of a school in Manchester. While at Manchester, their son Jerry was born. In 1944 they moved to Wilmore, Kansas, where Zearl was again Superintendent, while in Wilmore, their daughter Patsy was born.
In 1950 Garnet and Zearl left teaching to join Garnet' brother O. G. Henderson in a drug store business that lead them to Flower, Kansas and in 1957 to Childress, Texas. Garnet returned to teaching in the Childress schools in 1958 as a fifth grade teacher. In 1959 she was "promoted" to first grade teacher. She loved teaching the "little ones". She retired from teaching in 1978, but continued tutor for several years. Whenever asked about her tenure of 33 years, she would always slowly reply, "I enjoyed every minute". She also enjoyed her retirement in Childress, her volunteer work at Childress Hospital, her many travels with Zearl and short stays at Trails End.
In May 1998 she and Zearl, in their typical Pioneer spirit, packed some, sold some and gave much away as they prepared to move to San Antonio to be to close to their children and grandchildren. While in Childress, Garnet spent forty wonderful years as a member of the First Baptist Church. Upon moving to San Antonio, she became a member at Parkhills Baptist Church where she attended regularly until November of 2003 when her health would no longer permit.
Even as her blessed good health faded, her smile and quick wit did not. Her brother O. G. Henderson and sister, Opal Fisher preceded her in death. She lost her beloved Zearl "Curley" on November 21, 2001, at Trails End in the house where she was born.
She is survived by a sister, Lily Collier of Marro Bay, California; on son Jerry and his wife, Jean; a daughter Patsy and her husband, Charles all of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Margo Havekost, Mitzi Mitchell, Mark Harmon, and Jennifer Harmon and one great-grandchild Haley Havekost.
Funeral services were held a 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Arnett, Interment followed in Arnett, with Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck in charge of arrangements. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to the Zearl and Garnet Harmon Scholarship fund at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.
Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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