Erma Harmison, 1919 ~ 2011

Erma Marie Harmison, 92, passed away on Nov. 22, 2011 in Orem, Utah. She was born Oct. 20, 1919 to Scott and Gladys Baker Thompson.

Her father, Scott, was the Provo Fire Chief and the family lived above the firehouse for many years. When he became Orem City’s first fire chief, the family moved to Orem.

Erma loved to dance and that is how she met her husband, Blaine Harmison. On August 21, 1954 Leonard Blaine Harmison and Erma Marie Thompson were married in Las Vegas, Nev. at the “Wee Kirk O the Heather” chapel. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple, May 6, 1988. They lived in Spanish Fork, Utah for many years until they moved to Moab, Utah in 1965.

Erma worked in Moab as a maid at the Travelodge, Ramada Inn, and Bowen motels for many years. She was taught how to grow flowers by her grandparents and she loved to share her roses and plants starts with friends. She spent many hours keeping her yard beautiful. She never drove a car, she walked everywhere she went and loved to talk with whoever would listen.

Erma is survived by her children, Marilyn (Kay) Hayes of Provo, Eva Doran of Spanish Fork, Cheryl (Evan) Jones of Herriman, and Kevin (Ninarose) of Moab; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Shirlene O’Neill of Provo; by her sister-in-law, Donna (Raymond) Bastian of Pleasant Grove; and by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; two brothers; and her loving husband, Blaine.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Moab.

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