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Vanora Zelle Harmon

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Vanora Zelle Harmon Obituary
Vanora Zelle Harmon passed away on February 6, 2018. She was born on May 3, 1939 in Bluit, New Mexico.

Vanora was the baby of her family of two older brothers and four sisters. They grew up on a farm in the community of Portales, New Mexico, where she graduated in 1958. She met Leonard "Gene" Harmon there and a year later they were married. They raised a family of three girls and one boy as they traveled around the world in the Air Force. In 1972, they settled and grew roots in Alamogordo, New Mexico. If you look closely at the newly decorated walls at Denny's you can see an old picture of the young family driving down 10th ST in a '69 Chevy Station wagon hauling a Jayco camper, heading out on vacation.

Vanora worked at several day cares over the years and made many friends in the community. She loved Coca Cola, Classic Western movies and music, Phase 10, Judge Shows and Court TV, and above all else her family past and present. She would tell you all about her family who served in nearly every war, or her outlaw train robbing ancestor in the Rube Burrow gang. She liked to quote Loretta Lynn and say, "When you're looking at me, you're looking at Country." Vanora always kept in close contact with all her sisters and their families and she was very proud of her kids and her grandkids. She never missed a game, concert, or special event if it involved her grand kids. Her home was a special place where the family would meet and the grand kids and great grand kids would get spoiled with snacks and love, although she wouldn't bend the rules or play easy at any games even if you were a little kid. She was a beloved wife, sister, mom, grandma, Nonie, aunt Nonie, great aunt Nonie, great grandmother, and friend to many. In short, Vanora Zelle Harmon was a proud patriot, a pillar of her family, and a true American classic. She will be deeply missed and long remembered.

Vanora was preceded in death by her parents, William Kendrick "Bud" Burrow and Ethel Winifred Burrow, her brothers, Lawrence Delle Burrow and Roy Dean Burrow, her sister, Winifred Demaris (Burrow) Barnett, and her son, Dennis Wade Harmon. She is survived by her husband Leonard Harmon, her sisters, Billie Jean (Burrow) Turner and Betty Jo (Burrow) Kinkade, her daughters, Darlene (Mike) LeFevre, Barbara (Tony) Hernandez, and Rita (Joe) Luna, her grand-children, Deidre LeFevre, Carenna LeFevre, Michaela LeFevre, Nathanael Hernandez, Talitha Hernandez, Savannah Allen, Kendrick Hernandez, Luke Luna, Sammy Joe Luna, Naomi Luna, and five great grandchildren.

The family of Vanora Harmon will have a graveside service at the Monte Vista Cemetery on February 23, at 3:00 PM.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 18 to Mar. 17, 2018
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