, Muskogee, OK


July 28, 2013

Linia Hargis Harman

1921 - 2013

Linia Hargis Harman, longtime Muskogee resident, died on July 25, 2013 in Plano, TX. She was 91. She was born at home on August 3, 1921 in Stigler, OK to William David Hargis and Sarah Mary (Rutledge) Hargis, their fourth child. She was graduated valedictorian of her high school graduating class. While attending Northeastern Oklahoma State University, she met Leo D. Harman. After graduation, she and Leo were married in the Culver Funeral Home (now Reed-Culver) in Tahlequah on August 16, 1942. They moved to Lexington, KY, and then to Boston, MA, so Leo could begin his service in the U.S. Navy. In 1948, Linia began her career at Bacone College where she taught math and science for 44 years. She belonged to the teacher professional fraternity Delta Kappa Gamma. Upon retirement she was made Professor Emeritus. She was passionate about education and giving everyone who wanted a higher education an opportunity to receive it. She was soft-spoken and encouraging toward students, helping them to enjoy their success.

Linia was always active in church. As a teen she attended a Bible study regularly at the Methodist church in Stigler and went to tent revival meetings with the Baptists. She was an active member at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Muskogee for more than 50 years where she taught adult Sunday School, was a member of the Church Council and was active in United Methodist Women. She loved reading and poetry, bird watching, camping, travel and her family. When her daughters were young, Linia was an active Girl Scouts leader. In retirement, she served on the board of Habitat for Humanity.

Linia is preceded in death by her husband Leo Dana Harman, Jr. in 1974, her parents, her two sisters, Sarah H. Rink and Mary Elizabeth Hargis and her brother William David Hargis, Jr.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Ilene & Bill Mercer of Durham, NC, her sister–in-law, Kitty Meares and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James & Joan Harman all of Fort Gibson, OK.

Linia is survived by all five of her children and their spouses: Dianna and Dick Whitehurst of Plano, TX, Leo Dana and Gail Harman of Tacoma, WA, Elizabeth and Lee Griffin of Muskogee, OK, Elaine Harman of Ponca City, OK, Joy and Michael Newheart of Berwyn Heights, MD.

Her 10 grandchildren and their spouses are: Jonathan and Alice Stephenson of Virginia Beach, VA, Rebecca Stephenson and John Stangel of Monroe, LA, Joshua and Faith Stephenson of Grand Island, NE, Timothy and Gennifer Stephenson of Muskogee, OK, Sarah and Jason Kihneman of Hickory, NC, Paul and Ann Marie Whitehurst of Frisco, TX, Andrew Harman and David Watkins of Seattle, WA, Bryan and Brooks Harman of Rathdrum, ID, Anastasia and Miranda Newheart of Berwyn Heights, MD.

Her 15 great grandchildren are: Devereaux, Gideon & Diana Stephenson, Rachel & Daniel Stephenson, Andrew & Audrey Stangel, Samuel, Henry, Max & Charlie Kihneman, Amanda & Alex Whitehurst and Joseph and Alexa Harman.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bacone College or St. Paul's United Methodist Church or the charity of you choice.

Funeral services will at 1:00 PM Monday July 29, 2013 in St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial following at Greenhill Cemetery. Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Friends may send condolences to the family at

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