Harriett R. Livermore

June 24, 1929May 16, 2017

Harriett was born and raised in Monmouth, Illinois to Harry William and Myrtle Bell Rhea. She graduated from Monmouth College, majoring in Physical Education with a minor in Music. A motor scooter was her preferred method of getting around – often accompanied by her dog ‘Boots’. She had many talents & loved singing and playing the piano – she also played the accordion, clarinet, and organ. She was quite diverse in athletic abilities with roller skating, biking, softball pitching, basketball, volleyball & bowling. In her college days she even did a trapeze act with her friend Lou! After meeting Ken, she enthusiastically took on new challenges of downhill & cross country skiing, fishing, birding, and even hunting. After college, she taught Phy-Ed in Monmouth for one year and worked at 3M in St. Paul another year. She never intended to “settle down” to being a wife, mom and homemaker, but settle down she did, raising a family of 7 children along with her husband, Ken, of nearly 65 years (married June 14th, 1952). When it came time to announce yet another child is on the way, Harriett stood up at the dinner table and her mother-in-law proclaimed, “Oh, Harriett, sit down!” She never complained about being overworked or burdened – as they loaded 2 dogs and 7 kids in their station wagon while packing up to go to the lake, Uncle Frank commented “Harriett shouldn’t have to put up with all that!” Fortunately, seat belt laws didn’t apply back then. Throughout her life, volunteering and serving family & others was who Harriett was – church, choir, United Methodist Women President, leading neighborhood study groups, co-coordinator of God’s Closet, and tutoring at schools; Park ‘clean ups’ on her morning walks with neighbors lead to a ‘Golden Broom’ award; Welcoming new neighbors with a plate of cookies, giving notes/cards of encouragement, opening her home… Always serving, giving, smiling, sharing, loving in a way that others were drawn to her. Even after her stroke in 2008, she kept her smile and love of life and was a joy to be around! Preceded in death by parents, Harry & Myrtle Rhea; brother, William; son, Roger. Survived by husband, Ken, of 65 years; 5 daughters, Sarah (Chris), Ardeth (Gary), Donna (Rick), Julie (Lance) and Ellen (Joe); son, Fred (Shelley); daughter-in-law, Sue (Bob); 17 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren with #9 due in September. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to ‘The Beloved’ church, or God’s Closet (write check to ‘The Beloved’ & put ‘God’s Closet’ in memo, or give to a Christ-centered charity in Harriett’s loving memory.


  • Visitation Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Visitation Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Memorial Celebration Service Saturday, June 24, 2017

Harriett R. Livermore

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Jill MacPhee

June 23, 2017

"I looked forward to our days together, you have been like a second mom too me. The love I felt in your presence. The long talks, laughing, and especially making two-time tassies...Looking for that darn 'bat'...
Love you, we will bake together again...Jill

Brian Naughton

June 23, 2017

Your smile and kind words have always been an inspiring part of my visits with you. I appreciated and enjoyed being part of your extended
family/ friends. You are the perfect fit for Ken and when you meet again, you and Ken can go together seeking out the birds of heaven. God speed.

June Erdmier-Salen

June 19, 2017

Harriett was in the Monmouth College class of '51 and yet was very close to my class of ''52. We were Kappa Delta sisters and she was my supervising student teacher in Phys. Ed in the Monmouth Schools. She was dedicated in everything she did and kept in contact for years as we both raised seven children. I know how much she will be missed, but like Ken and their family, I will cherish my fond times of her, too. Blessings to all the Livermores.

Fred Banholzer

June 18, 2017

Fred and family, it is always difficult to loose a parent, no matter what age when they leave us.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Fred Banholzer, 3M Retiree

Julie Vrieze

June 13, 2017

You are the wind beneath our wings, momma! Even though you're physically gone, your light still shines brightly here on earth. Thanks for your example and for letting God's light shine through you reflecting your light even brighter on all of us! XOXO Your #6 ❤❤❤❤❤