On Saturday, November 15, 1924, Clyde and Margaret (Hopkins) Harp welcomed a third daughter. Imogene and older sisters Ruth and Gladys would call Riverdale home for many years of their lives. In 1928, a brother, Wesley, would make their family unit complete.
Imogene, often just “Jean,” attended Nixa Schools and graduated in 1943. She would attend many class reunions, becoming the longest living class member.
Imogene married Berch Deal, a tailor. The two made their home in Joplin, Missouri. She loved fabrics and was proud of her career as a buyer for Plimmers and other local establishments. They loved and raised several poodles. Jean was always ready to pet or cuddle the many pets of her own and others she came to know and love. Berch preceded Jean in death in the 1960’s. By now, the sisters and brother were married with children. Jean enjoyed her trips visiting them.
Jean married Harold “Mac” McCoy. Their home in Hot Springs was one of Jean’s favorites as she often later spoke of returning there. She was known for her sewing, gardening, canning and cooking.
Jean continued with those hobbies when they moved to Nixa. A newly constructed home allowed her the chance to entertain family for dinners and events. Weddings and new babies always rated her special attention. She cared for Mac until his death.
Jean remained in the house in Nixa and reconnected with a longtime acquaintance. Ben Logan and Jean were married. They moved to another house in Nixa where Jean continued her hobbies and cared for Ben until his death.
Jean was proud to be associated with Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Invitations to the annual cantata were many. For Jean, the fundraising for the building projects became all about the apple pies. With the generous donation of fresh local apples, the pie making began. Jean was pleased to be a part of the annual event. Many freezers benefitted from her 100 crust recipe without ever knowing.
Jean spent several of the next years of her life in other homes in Nixa. There were always roses. Gardens became simple patches of tomatoes and green beans.
The final move to Castlewood was not without its ups and downs. Her last prolific hobby surfaced with the popularization of coloring for adults. Her pictures adorned many doors and it became common to leave with at least one in hand. The staff there grew to love and care for her until her death on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at the age of 96.
Jean would notice and appreciate fabric and color even after her words were hard to come by. More than once, visitors were admonished to “stop and smell the roses.” Next time you do, know that Jean would approve.
Memorial donations may be made to Seasons Hospice.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with a Celebration of Life service officiated by Pastor Dennis Miller at 6:15 P.M. Burial will be in Springfield National Cemetery at a later date.