Betty Lou Harmon
July 10, 1927 – February 5, 2023
Betty-Lou Harmon, daughter of the late Grace Pendleton Harmon and William Robertson Harmon, was born on July 10, 1927 at their Oak Knoll home in Windham, CT while her parents were having a party.
She died peacefully on Sunday February 5, 2023 at the age of 95 in San Francisco, California.
Betty-Lou was a world traveler who circumnavigated the earth four times in her lifetime, visiting 43 countries. Her career began in the US Department of State’s Foreign Service in Oslo, Norway, then in Tehran, Iran. After returning to the US, she worked for some time at the Asia Foundation and then got a position in human resources at UC Berkley, where she spent 30 years improving and creating programs for the benefit of all UC employees until she was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor for retired people -Resources.
She has been politically active with NOW, NWPC and she has worked diligently to give women a voice in politics by ratifying the ERA. She was a patron of the arts, symphony and opera; A Giants season ticket holder for 50 years and a twice-weekly golfer during her retirement.
Her greatest wish was to be remembered as a loyal friend to those who meant the most to her. Family was everything for Betty-Lou. She spent holidays, birthdays, graduations and weddings with her sister Priscilla’s family – Penelope, Susan and Jon and their respective families for the last 60 years and with her wife Nancy Evans for the last 40 years. She was always present at family gatherings on the east and west coasts and New Mexico. She kept the Harmons updated on each other’s lives. She is survived by 11 of her 15 nieces and nephews: Wanda Harmon-Porter, Bill Harmon, Douglas Bell, William Bell, Penelope Anne Hughes, Susan Holzer-White, Jon M. White, Crystal Harmon, Michael Harmon, Betty-Lou Harmon, and Mark Harmon and many great nieces and nephews.
She and her partner have always supported charities that help the less fortunate, food banks, women’s shelters, animal rights and shelter services, and a few others. Everyone who knew Betty-Lou thought she was an amazing, energetic and cheerful person. She lived life to the fullest. Knowing her was an honor, spending time with her was a pleasure, saying goodbye was so difficult.
We honor and celebrate the gift of knowing them and being part of their lives. A memorial service will be held in the near future at a place and time to be determined.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle on February 18, 2023.
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