Rose Duran Harmon

Rose was born on Nov. 24, 1931, to Joseph Elizardo Duran and Maria Floraida Cardenas Duran, in Taos, New Mexico. She was the oldest of seven children: Ambrose, Joe, Ferdi, Ernie, Mary and Tony. They lived in Taos, New Mexico, until she was 21 years old.

They came to Wyoming, where her dad worked for Stoner Sheep Company and then worked for Thompson Land and Livestock, living on the Hufford. She met the love of her life, Elbert Harmon Sr., and they were married in Paris, Idaho, on Dec. 24, 1952.

They had nine children: Ann, Elbert, Lucille, Robert, Sally, Ronald, Susan, Barbie and Wayne. They raised Mike Duran, a nephew, as their own. The family lived on the Smiths Fork, working for Dimond Ranch. There she met a lifelong friend, Marion Dimond. They shared weekly phone calls until the day Rose passed.

Rose worked as a cashier for Knouse Service, cleaned motels rooms for Dorothy Dayton for 20 years, cooked at the Midway Café, Texaco station café, and then finished her career cooking with Shirley Toomer at the Cokeville Senior Center. During her working career, she loved visiting all the customers and made many friendships.

Elbert retired from the ranch, and they moved to the west side, where she resided for 34 more years, until the time of her passing. She loved friends and family to visit and share a home-cooked meal. We are sad now that the Harmon Café has closed.

Rose was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and Elbert were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple. She loved the church and enjoyed reading her scriptures. She enjoyed her family most, and was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by children, Amada Ann (Doug) Clayton of Green River; Elbert Lee (Jody) Harmon of Cokeville; Lucille Nancy (Steve) Moore of Cokeville; Robert (Julie) Harmon of Grover; Sally Lynn (Dale) Hymas of Ovid, Idaho; Ronald (Claudia) Harmon of Petersboro, Utah; Susan (Mike) Odum of Liberty, Texas; Barbara Jean (Kelly) Bartschi of Georgetown, Idaho; Wayne (Sivi) Harmon of Cokeville; and Mike (Peggy) Duran of Cokeville.

She is also survived by a sister, Mary Iverson of Vernal, Utah; and brother, Tony (Lois) Duran of Montpelier, Idaho; 37 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Harmon Sr.; brother-in-law, Augustine Harmon and his wife; sister-in-law, Grace Martinez and her husband; brother-in-law, Kelly Iverson; brothers, Ambrose and his spouse, Joe, Ferdi, and Ernst Duran and his spouse; her parents, Joseph Elizardo and Maria Floraida Cardenas Duran; and many aunts and uncles.

We would like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, for the excellent care of our mother.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 17, in the Cokeville LDS Chapel. Friends may call prior to service, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Cokeville, Wyoming, Cemetery.