Edna Harmon - February 16, 2009
Edna Estella Harmon, 86, of Holyoke, died Feb. 16, 2009 in Holyoke. She was born to Buck and Grace (Scott Earl) Walcott on the homestead in the Cement community of Northeast Yuma County on Sept. 15, 1922.
Edna attended the Cement Grade School with her sisters Mable (Carruthers) and Annabel (Houston) and brother Robert. She roomed in Holyoke with her sisters while attending Phillips County High School, graduating in 1940. She then returned to the farm, helping her father farm and teaching school at Hillsdale Grade School.
She met Everette Harmon at the dances at Wauneta Hall. Everette and Edna eloped to St. Francis, Kan. on April 28, 1945—five weeks before Everette reported for basic training.
In 1950, Everette and Edna moved to the homestead where Edna was born. They farmed and raised their sons Louis and Bill there in the sandhills, over two miles from the nearest neighbors.
The family was baptized and became members of First Christian Church in 1959. Edna was a devoted member of the church, always the first to prepare food for a funeral dinner.
In 1966, Everette and Edna designed and built their own home in Holyoke. Edna always missed the homestead where she was born and lived all but four years of the first 44 years of her life. Her residence in Holyoke allowed her to pursue her passion of caring for small children and their single mothers. However, many children of two-parent families also benefited from “Grammie’s” tender care.
Edna’s flower garden always brightened the yard at 305 S. Sheridan. She had a knack for growing the biggest and most colorful roses.
Edna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Everette; sister Annabel Houston of McCook, Neb.; son Louis and wife Julie of Cheyenne, Wyo. and their daughters Brenda and Jill Harmon of Houston, Texas; son Bill and domestic partner Sandy Foley of Garden City, Kan., his children John Ross Harmon and Jennifer Overland and husband Brian and their son Nicholas and Sandy’s children Meranda, Taylor and Aundera and daughter Halle.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries, Route 3 Box 200, Kansas, OK 74347, www.cooksonhills.org, or First Christian Church of Holyoke Sunday School, 310 S. Interocean Ave.
Memorial service was Monday, Feb. 23 at First Christian Church of Holyoke with Pastor Lou Encinias officiating.
Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.