Celebration of the Life of Mary Henrietta (Betzler) Harmon, January 14, 2012, 2 p.m. at Newberg Friends Church
Henry and Mae Betzler welcomed their newborn daughter, Mary, into the world in Tacoma, Washington, on April 24, 1910. Mary had her two older sisters, Florence (Erpelding) and Pearl (Rothmimller), and later a sister Mamie (Booth) and brother Harry, all of whom preceded her in death.
In 1926, she married Howard S. Harmon, whose family lived a block from her home. They had three children: Leona (Lyda), Howard and Philip. In addition to her children, Mary is survived by 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren, and was predeceased by one granddaughter.
While Howard worked for the Metropolitan Park District in Tacoma, Mary cared for her children and participated in the activities of McKinley Hill Friends Church by teaching children’s classes and singing soprano in the choir. They purchased the Puyallup Greenhouses in 1942, where Mary worked long hours beside her husband, raising flowers to sell both in retail and wholesale. She became a master flower arranger of bouquets, corsages and wedding flowers.
In 1951, Howard accepted the position as director of horticulture for Metropolitan Park District, overseeing the growing and planting for the parks. Mary continued assisting in his work by arranging the flowers for the many public events during those years. She was known as a gracious hostess, serving delicious meals to many. Later, they filled in as pastors of Olympic View Friends Church for two years.
Following retirement, Mary and Howard moved to Seattle and then to Warm Beach Senior Community in Standwood, Washington. After Howard passed away, Mary moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon, where she enjoyed many years. She died peacefully on December 23, at one hundred and one years of age. Mary loved the Lord, her family, and always had a radiant smile for everyone.