Fern Harmon Obituary

Fern  Harmon
Fern Harmon
Fern Harmon

February 27, 1916 - June 24, 2010
Born in Limon, CO
Resided in Granger, IA
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Fern Harmon, 94, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Fountain West Care Center in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Grimes. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Fern was born Feb. 27, 1916, in a sod house on her parent's homestead near Limon, Colo. Her parents were Grace Liggett and John Franklin Zimmerman. She was raised in southern Iowa, graduated from Corydon High School, and taught in country schools for nine years.

In 1943, she married J. Herbert Harmon of Ankeny. They moved to a farm in the Granger area in 1948, she lived there until her death. She was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Grimes. She belonged to the Dallas County Rock Club, Women's Farm Bureau, and Des Moines Quilt Guild. She served as a leader of the Beaver Valley Girls 4-H Club and was Clerk of Jefferson Township Trustees.

She enjoyed baking, quilting, crafts, gardening, and farm life. Family was the center of her life. She took an interest in all of her daughters', grandchildrens', and great-grandchildrens' activities. She looked forward to Sunday nights, when family and friends would gather at the farm, a tradition dating back 45 years.

Fern is survived by three daughters, Lola (Tom) Zimmerman of West Des Moines, Joyce (Don) Hart of Granger, and Beth (Mike) Messerschmidt of Adel; her sister Fay (Robert) Hall of Pearland, Texas, brother-in-law Nevin (Bonita) Harmon of Ankeny. Grandchildren, Linda Ford of Ankeny, Lynn Zimmerman of Centennial, Colo., Mary (Phil) Van Zale of Boulder, Colo., Adrienne Hart (Matt Kloberdanz) of Riverton, DeAnn (Jeff) Barnes of Ames, Jennifer (Mark) Janssen of Marshalltown, Mark Messerschmidt of Bouton, and Greg (Chelsey) Messerschmidt of West Jefferson, Ohio. Great grandchildren, Megan and Noah Ford, Katie and Erin Barnes, Maeve and Jorja Janssen, and Ayla Hart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; parents, John and Grace; sister, Fairy (Bud) Zimmerman; and brother-in-law, Bob (Ethel) Harmon.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Iles Funeral Homes-Brandt Dallas Center Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Grimes.

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Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Friday, June 25, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Grimes
410 South Third Street
Grimes, IA 50111
Saturday, June 26, 2010
11:00 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Saturday, June 26, 2010
2:00 PM


First Presbyterian Church
410 South Third Street
Grimes, IA 50111