HERON – Mary Ruth Harker, 91, died at her home in Heron on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Heron Methodist Church. Pastor G.W. “Bill” Warren and Pastor Amanda Appelhans will be officiating with inurnment at the Heron Cemetery.
Mary Ruth Foot was born in Kalispell on Oct. 2, 1922, the daughter of Guy K. and Dorothy Foot. She attended school in Kalispell and then the University of Montana in Missoula, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1944. She married John Harker, whom she met at the university, on April 25, 1944, in Missoula. She taught at Noxon High School while he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. They moved permanently to the Harker family farm at Heron in 1949.
Mary committed her life to the service of others: to her family, to her country, to the community and to the Lord. She was a volunteer observer for the National Weather Service. She received numerous awards for this, culminating in the Thomas Jefferson Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award for 55 years of service. She was the pastor of the Whitepine Community Methodist Church for more than 30 years and was inducted into the Order of Caleb by the Yellowstone Conference.
Mary is survived by her sisters Alice Dettwiler and Elizabeth Merritt and brother Frank (and wife Miriam) Foot; sister-in-law Alma Foot; her children, Laura Peterson, Margaret Harker, Bill (and Daisy) Harker, Katherine (and Scott) Benning, Robert Harker and Phoebe Harker-Rivera; her grandchildren, Jennifer (and Nicholas) Dillenbeck, Carolyn Harker, Cuauhtemoc and Frida Rivera; and her great-grandson Hunter Dillenbeck.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Harker, her parents, brothers Charles and John Foot, brother-in-law Art Dettwiler and son-in-law Richard Peterson.
Memorials may be made to the Whitepine Community Methodist Church, in memory of Mary Harker.
Family and friends are invited to sign Mary’s online guestbook at www.coffeltfuneral.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coffelt Funeral Service.