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Obituaries

July 11, 2014

Rita Beth Harmon

Rita Beth Harmon, 81, of McAlester, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Brumley-Mills Chapel with the Rev. Artie Joe Hearod officiating. Burial will be at Hugh Low Cemetery in Scipio. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born on March 22, 1933, in Scipio, she was the daughter of Wilson and Lecta (Whorton) Clifton. She grew up there and graduated from Indianola High School. She then attended nursing school at Kiamichi Vo-Tech, graduating in 1974 as an LPN.

She worked as director of nursing at Regency House and Heritage Hills Nursing Homes, retiring in 1991.

She married Jay Ben Harmon on Aug. 2, 1952, in Indianola. She was a lifelong resident of Pittsburg County and was a longtime member of Lone Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and reading.

Survivors include three sons and one daughter-in-law, Doug Harmon, of McAlester, Danny and Phyllis Harmon, of McAlester, and Darrell Harmon, of McAlester; three grandchildren, Daniel Harmon and his wife, Tiffany, of McAlester, DeAnn Harmon, of McAlester, and Dale Harmon, of McAlester.

Also, seven great-grandchildren, Dakota Harmon, Cheyenne Harmon, Sierra Harmon, Landon Harmon, Emily Harmon, Danny Pierce and Benjamin Harmon; one sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Van Neie, of Pittsburg; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Freddie Clifton, of Scipio, and Charlie and Mildred Clifton, of McAlester, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Lecta Clifton; her husband, Jay Ben Harmon, on Jan. 4, 2001; a sister, Mary Williams, and a brother, Benjamin Edward Clifton.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stovall, Rusty Clifton, Randy Clifton, Benny Scoggins, John Gleese and Doug Gleese.

Memorials be made to American Lung Association, 1010 E. Eighth St. Tulsa, OK 74120.

 

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