The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 8, 2012

Geralda Louise (Jerrie) Harbaugh

JOPLIN, MO —

Jerrie Harbaugh, 80, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with her Lord on Nov. 6, 2012, in her home after a short illness.

Jerrie was born on Aug. 18, 1932, on the family farm near Rocky Comfort, Mo., to James Ausden and Mildred Mae (McGuire) McNeill.

Jerrie graduated from Stella High School in 1950. She then attended Joplin Junior College and graduated from MSSU in 1972. She then earned a Masters degree in Education from MSU in Springfield, Mo.

She began her teaching career in Ritchie, Mo., continued at other small schools in the area, and retired from the Joplin R-8 School District after 20 years, most of those at Stapleton Elementary. She was past president of Alpha Delta Kappa, an educator's sorority.

Jerrie was a dedicated member of Blendville Christian Church for over 60 years where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes, was a youth sponsor and a member of the choir and praise team. She was a member of the Keenagers singing group from Riverton, Kan. Her favorite activities were gardening, traveling and attending the activities of her grandchildren.

She married John Levi (J.L.) Harbaugh Jr. on May 29, 1953, at Rocky Comfort.  He preceded her in death on June 6, 2004.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Orlyn McNeill.

She is survived by a son, Mark Harbaugh and wife, Nancy, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Shara Martin and husband, David, of Aurora, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jake Harbaugh, Hayley Harbaugh, Kelsey Martin and Elizabeth Martin; two sisters, Martha Harper, of Rocky Comfort, and Betty Thompson, of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Harbaugh, of Seneca; and a brother-in-law, Randy Pierce, of Joplin; six nieces; and seven nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Blendville Christian Church, 22nd and Picher with Virgil Eubanks, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blendville Christian Church for their Ozark Christian College scholarship fund.

Online condolences may be made at www.masonwoodard.com

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