Wilma “Jean” Findley Harmon


Wilma “Jean” Findley Harmon, 92, of Nashville, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Nashville.

She was born in Brown County on Sept. 16, 1922, the daughter of Wendell and Doris (Richardson) Findley.

Jean was the salutatorian in 1940 of Union High School in Johnson County. She graduated in 1943 from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Indianapolis, as a registered nurse.

She married Wendell Garner Fleener in 1950 and Ivan Robert “Bob” Harmon in 1970.

Jean began her career as a surgical nurse at Methodist Hospital and continued as head nurse of obstetrics at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. While there, Jean helped found the Gray Ladies volunteers. She was administrator of two nursing homes and retired as head nurse at IUPUI Student Health.

After moving to Brown County, she was a real estate agent with Abe Martin and Village realty agencies.

Jean was active as a member of Nashville Christian Church since 1976. She was a longtime member of Johnson County Home Economics Club. She was also a founder of the 49ers Club and a member of The Traveling 10. She was named Woman of the Year 1988 for Brown County Business and Professional Women.

She volunteered for local Red Cross blood drives and fundraising activities of the local Lions Club and Brown County Volunteer Fire Department.

Jean loved hunting mushrooms, making candy (especially peanut brittle), playing cards and gardening.

Jean is survived by her children, Kathy Fleener LeValley (Mark) of Dallas, Keith Fleener of Nashville and Kent Fleener (Sandra) of Black Mountain, North Carolina; stepchildren, Tom Harmon (Susan) of Zionsville and Kathy Harmon of Whitestown; grandchildren, Zachery Fleener (Terri) of South Lyon, Michigan, Clayton Fleener of Indianapolis, Marshall and Wendi Fleener of North Carolina; her stepgrandchildren, Christian and Collin Harmon-Hodge of Indianapolis, Kelsey and Andrew Williamson of Zionsville, Brant Harmon (Sara) of Bangkok, Thailand, Alica Blattner (Eric) of Prattville, Alabama, Amanda Boggess (Cory) of Whitestown, Amy Harmon (Bryan Wood) of Lebanon and John “Andrew” Harmon of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren, Eli and Emerson Fleener, Avery, Delynn and Lydia Harmon, Addi, Alexis and Drake Blattner, Caden Boggess and Oliver Wood; siblings, Merrarose Findley Mosburg (Mike) of Bargersville, Dewey Findley (Kay) of Franklin, Norman Findley (Martha Ann) of Bargersville; and sister-in-law, Betty Gregory of Zionsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan Robert Harmon; and brothers, William Findley, Roger Findley and Oral Keith Findley.

Her funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nashville Christian Church, 140 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, with Tim Bond officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville Christian Church, P.O. Box 248, Nashville, IN 47448; Brown County Humane Society, P.O. Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.