RALEIGH, NC- Lynne Ellen Harmon, 78, died Monday, December 2.
Born on December 15, 1941, to Floyd and Marjorie Harmon, of Bennington, VT, she was the center of their universe. She was a lifelong Vermonter, no matter where she lived. A woman of many names: Lynne, Lynnie, little Lynnie, Mom, Gram, GiGi, Nana; she was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and all were her favorite.
She was an owner of North Star Bowl in Wilmington, VT, for many years.
She was a lover of eating out, earrings for every occasion, bringing family together, long car rides, traveling out West, and seeing nature. She was a feminist, a liberal, and a seeker of information. She loved to read and spent much time at the end of her journey on the front porch, listening to NPR and reading, all in her favorite environment, outside.
She came to new understandings of herself in 1979 and 1990 when she recognized her own alcoholism and addiction. She died clean and sober 29 years and was proud to work with other women to attain their sobriety.
Her family will miss her in so many ways and may never drive by a Bojangles, Sam Diego’s, Bad Daddy’s, Las Palapas or the Alamo Cafe without thinking of her.
She leaves behind daughter Kim and sons Kevin (Shannon) and Joe (Laura). Also her grandchildren Kim and Richard; Courtney (Ryan), Michael, Jennifer (Manny) and Joseph; Kevin and Shannon: Porter and Quinn; Joe and Laura: Addy, Sydney, and Joey III. She was also blessed with great-grandchildren Kayli, Sienna, RJ, and Cooper (Courtney and Ryan), Faith, Emmanuel and Noah (Jennifer and Manny). She also leaves behind an ex-husband, Joseph B. Neiley, whom she adored.
A heart full of gratitude goes out to the wonderful staff of Transitions Hospice. She died the way she wanted to, at home with family, because they made it possible.
She will be dearly missed by many friends in Vermont, San Antonio, and Raleigh. All were blessed by her presence in more ways than they know.
In lieu of flowers, if desired please make donations in her name to recovery houses of one’s choice or Raleigh Healing Transitions.