March 16, 1918 - April 27, 2010
Walla Walla - Rae (Rachel Hanes) Harmon, 92, died April 27, 2010, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington. A Celebration of Life, with family and friends, will be from 1:00 to
3:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice, Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or a charity of donor's choice through the funeral home.
Rae was born Rachel S. Lamphier in Lansing, Michigan in 1918 to Ross and Gladys Lamphier, Sr. She graduated from high school in 1935 and later business college in Lansing. She married fellow graduate and sweetheart Charles E. Hanes in 1938 in Lansing. She happily followed Chuck across the world during WWII. Rae cheerfully turned each duty station into "homes", starting in California, Moses Lake, Washington, twice in Florida and three years in Tokyo, Japan. Returning to the states, their "homes" also included Texas, Alabama and Tacoma, then as civilians in Centralia, Washington. The Hanes family arrived in Walla Walla in 1962. Chuck passed away in
1968. In 1971, Rae married Ray A. Harmon, former Walla Walla High School and Walla Walla Community College teacher. Mr. Harmon passed away in 1988.
Rae began working for Children's Home Society of Washington in 1962, until her retirement in 1983. Following retirement, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels for several years.
Rae is survived by her two children: son, Jack (Patty) Hanes of Walla Walla and daughter, Karen Hanes (John) Ganley of Kennewick; two grandchildren: Jennifer Hanes (Nick) McHenry of West Virginia and Sean Ganley of Bellingham; stepchildren: Janis Harmon (Eugene) Grandinetti, Jerry, Dennis and John Harmon all of the Spokane area; step-grandchildren: David (Andrea) Cook, Eric Grandinetti of the Spokane area and Troy Damron of Phoenix, Arizona; great-grandchildren: Zachary and Taylor McHenry of West Virginia and Levi Cook of the
Spokane area. Rae is also survived by sister-in-law, Beverly Lamphier of Bettendorf, Iowa and brother-in-law, Arnold Ohst of Lansing.
She was preceded in death by grandson, Michael K. Ganley in 1990 followed by her brother, Ross Lamphier, Jr. and her sister-in-law, Carolyn Hanes Ohst both in 2001.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com