Ora Mae Harn
Adair Funeral Homes - Avalon Chapel
8090 North Northern Avenue
Oro Valley, AZ
Harn, Ora Mae
Age 77, of Marana, Arizona. Born November 8, 1932 in Monongahela, PA. Died July 29, 2010 in Marana, AZ. Historian, Town of Marana. Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ora Mae Harn will be remembered by her family for her zest for life. She faced her own challenges with courage and led the way in helping others. She lived a life of faith. She worshipped at Faith Community Church and enjoyed serving the congregation coffee and refreshments between services. Ora Mae was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Gerald Harn and her sister Alice Myers. Ora Mae is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Howard and Verneda King (Tucson), her brother Kenneth King (Marana) and her sister Sarah Pavlo (Mt. Pleasant, PA). Ora Mae is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Paul and Julia Harn (Tempe), Debbie and Chuck LeRoy (Casa Grande), Nancy and Mike Bock (Marana). She leaves behind a legacy in her six grandchildren: Daniel, Michelle, Jeff, Amanda, James and Sherri and nine great-grandchildren: Asia, Alex, Christian, Dylan, Joseph, Emily, Logan, Lance and Drew. Even though the family grew, Ora Mae never forgot a birthday and there was cash in every card. Our family matriarch has also been called the "Matriarch of Marana." Ora Mae Harn will be remembered in the Town of Marana where she served at various times as Mayor, Council Member, Director of the Food Bank and Director of the Marana Health Center. Ora Mae has received many awards, honors and twice has been commended in the Congressional Record. Two viewings will be held at Marana Town Hall, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive. Friday, August 6th from 6 to 8 PM and Saturday, August 7th from 9 to 11 AM. The funeral service will be held at 2 PM at Faith Community Church at 2551 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson with reception to follow in the church's Harrington Hall. The graveside service will be at 9 AM at Evergreen Cemetery 3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson. Enter at the Ft. Lowell (stoplight) entrance. Ora Mae asked that remembrances be in the form of donations to Marana Heritage Conservancy, c/o Marana Town Hall, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr., Marana, AZ 85653 or Marana Health Center Foundation, 13644 Sandario Road, Marana, AZ 85653 to continue the work that was so close to her heart. Arrangements entrusted to Adair Funeral Homes-Avalon Chapel (742-7901)

Published by The Arizona Republic on Aug. 4, 2010.
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Dear Paul, Debbie, and Nancy
I am from New Springfield, Ohio and remember your family. My names is Heidi Davis but was Heidi Jackson when we were friends.How sorry I was to learn of your mothers passing. My prayers to you and your family.
March 21, 2014
It is immensely appreciated- this expression of the love for my Great-Grandmother. I will Always remember her, and if anyone out there reads this, and would share with me a memory of her, I would very much like it if you would email me at [email protected]
Thank you all for your kindness.
Dylan Alpers
November 4, 2013
Wonderful Lady! She will always be missed.
Mary Anway
September 5, 2010
Dear Debbie, Paul, and Nancy,

I never think of your mother without remembering her at high school football games "having a Harnia," or hauling us all to Rocky Point, or coming at the drop of a hat to take care of my infant twins when I had the next baby. Life with my "second mom" was simply wonderful! My mother, also, thought the world of Ora Mae; when she and Uncle Kenny came to visit here in Gold Beach, it was the highlight of my mother's year.

Our thoughts are with you in this time. May the light that was Ora Mae on this earth always shine in the lives of all those she touched, whether or not they ever knew her.

All our love,
Bernice Somers Torrez and Patricia Somers
Bernice Torrez
September 4, 2010
Dear Paul, Debbie and Nancy, I was so shocked to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a dynamo, always on the go and doing for others. She was a good and dear friend and I will always remember the Silver Bell good times, and later serving on the Marana Health Center Board under her auspices and very caring and enthusiastic ideas. May God Bless all of you at this most trying time and grant you comfort and peace for the difficult times ahead. Sincerely, Lee McConnaughey, Everest, Kansas
August 11, 2010
Ora Mae was definitely the "First Lady" of Marana! What an amazing woman!
Mardi Nagy
August 10, 2010
A lovely and outsanding individual with a heart full of compassion! She will be truly missed! That fine lady had a will of no other, and had a positive impact in so many lives, places, and things that her legacy will continue! We love you Mrs. Ora Mae and appreciate everything you have done! Respectfully and God Bless.
The Jantz Family
August 8, 2010
I will always remember the kindness she always showed to me at Faith Community Church. I first met her almost 15 years ago and Pastor Bruce honored her for her many contributions. I grieve with you, not as someone without hope, but hope in seeing her again. Thank you for sharing your Mom.
Cindy Baker
August 5, 2010
She truly was the "Matriarch of Marana". The children, and grandchildren of Don and Audrey Hawkins (both deceased) send our prayers of comfort to Ora's familiy. My dad always said she was amazing, even when they disagreed...lol. She will be misses.
Summer Fowler
August 5, 2010
Our condolences to the Harn Families.
Carmen Guzman-Cousins
August 5, 2010
Harn Family

Ora Mae was dear to all of our hearts, especially us old timers from Marana. She was one of a kind. So charming that there was never a way to refuse her.
Our schools should teach our children to be like Ora Mae. Never quit. Never give up.
Rest in Peace Ora Mae
Lauri and Scotty Campbell
August 5, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
marilyn daniels
August 4, 2010
Harn Family,

I knew and worked with Ora Mae for a number of years, particularly on planning for the use of some federal social services funds.

As others have said, she was very determined and hardworking. She also respected and listened to others and was diligent in preparing for service on the boards and committees on which she served.

I also know she was dedicated to her family and her community and did much to improve Marana and the surrounding area.

My deepest sympathies on your loss.

Lynne Potler
August 3, 2010
It was such fun to work with Ora Mae. She knew what she wanted and was also willing to listen to new ideas. Conversation was always lively! And I know she will be missed.
Linda Britt
July 31, 2010
It was a true pleasure to have been able to take care of Mrs. Harn as a new nurse fresh out of nursing school 2 years ago. A very special lady that I will forever remember. My deepest condolences to her closest family and friends.

*Kelly, UMC RN, 3NW*
Kelly Smith
July 30, 2010
The whole town of Marana has benefited from having Ora Mae Harn guide it to becoming a better community. She was well regarded by many for her decisions that she made for the community, keeping the future in her sites.
I feel her story should be made available to many of the students in Marana schools, and to others, as an inspiration to what they also can contribute and achieve.
Ora Mae will be missed.
The Woehlck Family
Mr and Mrs Gerald Woehlck
July 30, 2010
The whole town of Marana has benefited from having Ora Mae Harn guide it to becoming a better community. She was well regarded by many for her decisions that she made for the community, keeping the future in her sites.
I feel her story should be made available to many of the students in Marana schools, and to others, as well, an inspiration to what they also can contribute and achieve.
Ora Mae will be missed.
The Woehlck Family
Mr and Mrs Gerald Woehlck
July 30, 2010
Dear Harn Family,

I had the privilege of working with Ora Mae on the Marana Arts Council. There was only one Ora Mae. The Lord saw no need to create a copy, because she was uniquely ORA MAE. Few of us will ever have our name transcend into a sheer Force of Nature. She had more ‘try’ in her tiny body than fifty people put together. When she tackled a problem it was “Katy bar the Door,” because “quit,” wasn’t in her vocabulary. Come ‘hell or high water,’ she envisioned Marana as it could and should be, often converting the loudest naysayers into staunch supporters in a twinkle of her eye. She had one eye on preserving Marana’s past, one eye on Marana’s future, while the present was dedicated to the work needed to realize both.

Would that more of us, citizens and town leaders alike, devoted as much time, energy, and ‘heart’ as Ora, to better our ‘worlds’ before leaving this life. Her legacy lives on in our hearts, in the Town, and hopefully in our dreams. I have no doubt that Ora Mae has God’s ear, and has big plans for Heaven.

My life has been enriched and inspired by knowing you. Thank you. God speed.

With deepest condolences to her family and friends,

Janice E. Mitich
Janice E. Mitich
July 30, 2010
Dear Harn Family,
I'm so saddened upon hearing of the passing of your Mother. She was such a fun-loving, kind woman. I will always remember her kindness to me and her amazing fried chicken! God bless you.
Carol Sanders Nix
July 30, 2010
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