Ashton Funeral Home


Margaret W. Harmon

January 20, 2013

Margaret W. Harmon

Margaret W. Harmon, 100, formerly of Wilson Borough, PA died Sunday, January 20, 2013 in Westminster Village, Allentown.

Born: August 19, 1912 in Ruston, LA she was the youngest of five children of the late Henry and Fannie Gilliland Wilson. Her husband Max Harmon (a History Teacher at Easton HS) died in 1990.

Personal: She was a graduate of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1932, where her father was the first head of the music department and her mother supervised the dining hall (the Wilson Building on Tech Campus was named for them). She was an elementary school teacher at Traill Greene, Centennial and Paxinosa in the Easton School District from 1948 until retiring in 1973.  A year after her husband died, she became an inaugural resident of the new Atrium at Westminster Village where she met Jean Authier, her close companion until his death in 2001.

Memberships: She was a member of the Olivet Presbyterian Church, Easton, past-president of the Westminster Resident’s Council; life member of AAUW, Easton Chapter,  where she was a Name Grant Honoree and Woman of the Year; she was also a member of the Local, State and National Teacher’s Associations and Delta Zeta Sorority.

Survivors: Her son Elson T. Harmon of Groton, MA; 10 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and 4 brothers and sisters.

Services: Will be in Buxton, ME; the Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton Sts., Easton is handling the arrangements. Interment will be in the South Buxton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions: May be made to the Westminster Village Allentown Benevolent Care Fund, 803 N. Wahneta St., Allentown, PA 18109

Condolences may be offered to Mrs. Harmon’s son at P.O. Box 1187, Groton, MA 01450 or online at

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  1. Sylvia Taylor

    January 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm


  2. Joe Carlton

    January 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Elson – wonderful obit write-up. Margaret was such a wonderful woman… one I admired and loved dearly. I will print this obit and save it for my girls to read one day. I know Julia will especially appreciate it since her middle name is Margaret… as you know.

    Love – Joe, Karen, Emily, and Julia (Margaret) Carlton

  3. vivian noblett

    January 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Dear Elson,

    For many years Margaret and a few other AAUW ladies met to work on watercolor painting. We had delightful afternoons amid gentle conversations.
    She was happy at the Atrium – enjoyed playing bridge and visiting other residents. Her conversations were meaningful and intelligent.
    What a lovely lady!

    Vivian noblett

  4. Janet Brdar

    January 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    She was a great example of lifelong learning – an inspiration to anyone who knew her. I loved the story of how she met Uncle Max on the tour bus and their courtship consisting of mainly letter writing. It was always interesting talking to her and I am so glad she was a part of my life.

  5. Edna (Frankenfield) Bennett

    February 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Your mother was my fourth grade teacher at Traill Green School she was one of my favorite teachers. If I had only known that she was still alive and so close I would have gone to visit her. Great woman …..May she rest in peace.