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Alta Mae Harmon, 93, of Zionsville, passed away Dec. 5, 2016. She was born on Aug. 27, 1923, in the family homestead in rural Lebanon, to the now late Otha and Lora (Parish) Padgett.
Alta graduated from Kirklin High School in Boone County in 1941. A lifetime resident of Boone County, she was employed at Greenes Milo Market in Lebanon, and Winklers during World War II, making bomb shells.
Alta married the love of her life, James Harmon, on Dec. 28, 1951. She resided on the family farm, working with her husband and raising their four children.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening and food preservation, and had a love for reading the local newspapers daily and keeping up with current events. Alta loved getting together with family for special dinners; her family was her pride and joy.
Alta is survived by her children, Deborah J. Harmon of Zionsville, Ernest J. Harmon of Zionsville, Cheryl J. (Michael) Allen of Chesterfield, and William J. Harmon of Zionsville; grandchildren, Heather (Travis) Stansel of Texas, Jennifer (Brian) Gershkoff of Ohio, and Samuel Allen of Chesterfield; great-grandchildren, Lacy Stansel, Tristen Stansel and Holden Stansel, of Texas; sister, Imogene (Robert) Moore of Bellevue, Ohio; and several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Harmon, who passed away on Dec. 7, 1998; sisters, Crystal (Cleo) Green, Lucille (Mark) Hodges, Flora (Paul) Moore, and Ilo (William) Keeney; brother, Ivan (Julie) Padgett; and a sister-in-law, Margaret (King) Jorn.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville, 105 W. Pine St., Zionsville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Hospice; or to the Alzheimer's Association, in honor of her husband.
Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Published on December 6, 2016
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