Jeanette McDonald Harmon passed away peacefully on the early morning of February 28th, 2022 in the loving company of her son and daughter at T. Boone Pickens Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas due to complications from diverticulitis.
Jeanette was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to George R. and Eugenia McDonald on March 1st, 1936. Jeanette graduated from Byrd High School in 1954 and went on to attend Southern Methodist University where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Jeanette married Benson J. Harmon Jr. whom she met at SMU. They settled in University Park and adopted 2 infant children, Chris in 1971, and Lisa in 1974.
Jeanette served the Great State of Texas as a children’s advocate at the Department of Human Resources for over 20 years. She met and enjoyed life-long friendships there which survive with her family today.
She and Ben divorced in 1979. She never married again, dedicating her life and love to her children. She was a faithful, compassionate friend to those few who got to know her. Those who did business with her found her a shrewd, but honest businesswoman who was ahead of her time in many respects.
She is survived by her son, Christopher M. Harmon, of Dallas, Texas; and her daughter, Lisa Harmon Ford (husband, Jim Ford) of Loveland, Colorado.
Jeanette will be interred at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana in a private service with her immediate family on March 2nd.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas on Monday, March 7th at 3 pm, followed by a reception with refreshments.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in her name to the North Texas Food Bank and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation using the links below.