Mildred Harmon
Mildred Harmon
Birth: 4 May 1912
Madison County, Iowa, USA
Death: 30 September 2020
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Age: 108 years, 149 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Mildred M. Harmon (née Haynes; 4 May 1912 – 30 September 2020) was an American centenarian who was one of the oldest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Early Life and Family

Harmon was born on 4 May 1912 in Madison County, Iowa, to John W. and Dora M. Haynes. She had one sister, Leona Palmer. She spent her childhood on three different farms in Madison County. She began First Grade at the age of four; years later her father bought the school building and moved it onto his third farm to be used as a garage and grain storage.

After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Harmon spent two years at home on the farm before attending the American Academy of Beauty in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated with honours, and went on to spend five years working at a beauty salon in Knoxville, Iowa. During this time she met Paris W. Harmon, who was a boarder of her sister's. After dating for five years, they married on 20 December 1936. The couple had three daughters: Vonis “Anne” Miller, Mary Johnson, and Susan Fox (who predeceased her).

Later Life and Death

A keen gardener, Harmon raised a large flower garden for about 30 years, and arranged flowers for her church. She later attended Adult Education for flower arranging and cake decorating. She and her husband made four trips to California to see her cousin in San Francisco and a friend in Los Angeles. They also took cabin vacations in Spirit Lake, Minnesota.

Harmon lived in her own home until the age of 106, when she moved into a nursing home in Des Moines, Iowa. She died due to complications from COVID-19 on 30 September 2020 at the age of 108 years, 149 days, making her one of the oldest victims of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of her death, she had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


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