Lucinda “Cindy” Sue Harmon, BSN ’80, of Tulsa, OK, died March 2 at age 65, surrounded by loved ones after battling cancer for four years. She was no stranger to life-threatening illnesses in her role as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse for her entire career. In an unexpected role reversal, the expert care giver became the one requiring intensive care.
Cindy was born into a loving Christian home to two wonderful parents and three older brothers. Her brothers adored her and took it upon themselves to look after and protect their little sister. She was raised in the northwestern Oklahoma town of Goltry as a devoted Mennonite in her parents’ church that her grandfather had helped to build.
Cindy later followed her brother Joel and his wife Gloria to Tulsa and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance in 1975 from the University of Tulsa. But along the way, Cindy caught the nursing bug while working as a nurse's aide at St. Mary's in Enid during summer breaks. In fact, she told her parents she was called to Nursing to take care of others. After graduation she worked as a nurse's aide at St. Francis in Tulsa until she had saved enough to attend Baylor Nursing School in Texas, from which she graduated in 1980. She went to work full time at her beloved St. Francis where she became a Critical Care Registered Nurse in the ICU. Cindy was the first recipient of the Nurse Mentor Award. She retired after serving critically ill patients and their families for 37 years. Countless lives were saved or changed because of her loving care and true concern for her patients.
Cindy was the epitome of nursing, and widely known in the Tulsa Medical Community as an excellent nurse and fierce patient advocate. She was never intimidated, nor would she back down from what she felt was the right thing to do for her patients. She would challenge questionable orders when necessary, and unflinchingly pursue action on behalf of patients whose symptoms were being missed or ignored. Countless patients owe their lives to Cindy's sharp, critical thinking and well-honed assessment skills. Cindy's patients and their families held a special place in her heart. She had a gift for remembering people and being remembered by them many years later. She made a lasting impact, even if the patient had a poor outcome. Cindy's personal care of her patients was second to none. Her co-workers had a phrase for it - "Harmonizing". Her patients had the most thorough baths, oral care, and shampooing imaginable. When Cindy cleaned up her patient and got them "fluffed and puffed", that was the Cindy Harmon "Harmonizing" treatment! She took great satisfaction in her patients being clean and comfortable because this was her ministry. She served God through caring for the sick and dying while preserving their dignity and humanity.
Cindy was a member and alumnae of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (SAI) since 1972. She was active on local, state and national levels, including attending national conventions of SAI. In addition, she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Fraternity and was a Baylor Life Time Alumni. Cindy was a member of Boston Avenue Methodist Church and stayed involved in the Greater Tulsa Area Critical Care Nurses Association and the American Association for Critical Care Nurses. She has served as a Volunteer Nurse for the Tulsa Run, for Mended Hearts and for the American Lung Association of Oklahoma Asthma Camps where the kids gave her the honorary title of "Nurse Cindy". She also volunteered for the Visiting Nursing Association where she administered flu shots.
Cindy is survived by her husband and life companion of 31 years John Harmon, brother Mervin Johnson and his wife Martha of Greenwood IN, sister-in-law Gloria Johnson of Tulsa, nieces and nephews Glenda, Connie, Becky, Timothy, Richard, Gregory, Kevin, Troy and a host of great nieces and nephews and extended family. She is predeceased by her parents Walter and Evalena Johnson, brothers Robert and Joel Johnson and niece Tara Johnson-Mize.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Baylor School of Nursing or the Tulsa Chapter of SAI. To give to Baylor online: Go to Baylor.edu/give
Then select Louise Herrington School of Nursing for the Unit
Then select Louise Herrington Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing for the Fund
Check the Additional Info box and enter, "In memory of Lucinda Sue Harmon"
If sending donation by mail send to One Bear Place #97027, Waco, TX 76798.
Donations will help deserving students who need financial assistance to continue their pursuit of a Baylor nursing education.
To give to SAI, send donations to:
Sheryl Halliburton, treasurer
Tulsa Alumnae Chapter
Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
4113 East 42nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74135-03505
Donations will go into the scholarship funds which benefit TU students (members of SAI)
Visitation will be from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Moore Funeral Home - Southlawn Chapel, 9350 E 51st, Tulsa, OK, 918-663-2233.
Services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK. Published by Moore Funeral Homes
Jo Ellen Childs Dunlap, BSEd ’81, of Riesel, TX, died March 26 at age 58. Memorial service will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Marlin, Texas with the Reverend Adam Chaney officiating. Mrs. Dunlap was born on September 29, 1959 in Amarillo, TX to Jack and Mary Childs. Her family lived in Amarillo, Anchorage, AK; and Sumter, SC before moving to Marlin, TX in 1970. Jo Ellen married Ben Dunlap on July 12, 1980. Jo Ellen Dunlap would tell you that being a mom was her biggest dream and she was a wonderful mom to their three kids! Being a grandma was also a highlight of her life. Jo learned to read before she started school, and that love of learning continued throughout her life. She received a degree in education from Baylor; a MS in educational administration and a counseling certification from Tarleton. She taught elementary in Chilton ISD, Mart ISD, Riesel ISD, Rangely Schools and Baylor Piper CDC prior to becoming school counselor at Riesel ISD where she retired in 2015. Her hobbies included meeting strangers, cooking, loving big, a good bath, talking to babies, cheering on her kids, making people laugh, conversations with her husband, traveling with her girlfriends, rooting for the underdog, and watching the sunset from her porch. Jo Ellen Dunlap was diagnosed with stage IV Melanoma in July 2016 and this chapter is perhaps her greatest testimony. God continued to use her to touch the lives of people around her through her faith and humor. Her healthcare providers', friends', and families' faith was strengthened by her amazing spirit through this time. Jo Ellen is preceded in death by her father, Jack Childs, and father-in-law, John Dunlap. She is survived by her husband, Ben Dunlap; her mother Mary Childs; her daughter Mindy Morgan and husband Jeremy; her son Wesley Dunlap; her daughter Ashton Goebel and husband Grant; her grandchildren Camryn and Clinton Morgan; and mother-in-law Jean Dunlap. She is also survived by her siblings, Al and Bev Childs, Jackie and Scott Brown, David and Karen Gillum, Nancy and Greg Traylor, Amy and Pokey Swinnea, and Kathy and Gayland Downes. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who felt like family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dunlap Unsung Hero account at any Texas First State Bank.
Dr. Stephen Robert “Steve” King, BS ’81, of Memphis, TN, died March 31 at age 59. He was preceded in death by his father, Major King, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Masae "Margie" King of Deer Park, Texas, his brother, Bruce King and his fiancé, Deena McNamee of League City, Texas, his partner of 14 years, J.D. Gentry and many friends who will cherish his memory.
Born into a military family on January 28, 1959, Steve grew up around the world. He received his BS in Biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He attended Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas where he received his Medical Degree. Later he pursued a Physicians Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Steve was a physician at Regional One Health in Memphis for 35 years. A plastic and reconstructive surgeon by training, he served as the first Medical Director of the Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. During his tenure as Medical Director of The Wound/HBO Center, he also served at Medical Director of the Firefighters Regional Burn Center. At the time of his death, he was the Chief Medical Information Officer for Regional One Health. He touched the lives of countless people over his years at Regional One. Steve loved life. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, planning parties and being the ultimate host. He was definitely a foodie, but never a food snob. While he appreciated the finest wine and food pairings, he also recognized the gastronomic delights of a Pronto Pup, What-A-Burger or a fried Twinkie at the Mid-South Fair. Family and friends will miss his warm smile, easy laugh, big hugs, clever wit, generous hospitality and the kindness he shared so generously. A private memorial service will be held later this month. The family requests any memorial donations be directed to Regional One Health Foundation, designated for Firefighters Regional Burn Center, 877 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. Published by legacy.com
Dr. Stanley E. Adams, PhD ’82, of Phillipsburg, MO, died April 7 at age 73.
Linda Welch Davis, BBA ’82, of Houston died March 10 at age 75 after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer. Born July 25, 1942 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Robert and Mildred Welch, "Lin" and her family moved from coast to coast, eventually settling in Meyerland in the 1950s where she graduated from Bellaire High School. She married Richard Cowan and, in 1966 and '68, had her two sons Rob and Steven. Moving to Waco, Lin dedicated herself entirely to raising her boys, ultimately as a single mother. She returned to college at age 35, graduating in 1982 from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. She moved back to Houston with her sons and married her loving husband of 35 years, Larry Davis. At the height of the Texas oil bust and fresh-out-of-college in her early 40s, she bravely entered the corporate world as a state tax accountant, working for Anderson Clayton, Cooper Industries, Koch Energy, Sysco Foodservice, and other major firms until her retirement in 2004. She loved her work and her co-workers, and enjoyed the irony of having made a "C" in corporate tax, yet spending her career as a highly regarded accountant in the field. She and Larry enjoyed many years traveling together and visiting with family. She especially enjoyed their ocean cruises and semi-spontaneously mapped, nationwide road trips. Linda devoted her later years to her five grandchildren. They visited often and always requested fried chicken or quiche for dinner. As a Yankee, fried chicken was never on the menu, but all her married family were southerners and her boys' paternal grandmother, Louise Cowan, was responsible for this recipe. From the time her boys were little, she also made the same melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies for holidays and parties. She is survived by her husband Larry Davis, son Robert Cowan, his wife June, their children Justin, Sarah, and Justin's wife Madeline, her son Steven Cowan, his former wife Anne, their children Caroline, Michael, and Griffin, and Anne's husband Gordy Paez, her brother Richard Welch and wife Donna, her sister Barbara Dozier and husband Michael, nieces and nephews Deborah, Darla, Daren, Devin, and Dustin, their spouses and children, and former in-laws Jerry and Lovella Cowan. A private memorial service will be held. Remembrances may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Christian Community Service Center, or charity of choice. Published in Houston Chronicle
Joani Kay Livingston, BA ’82, of McGregor, TX, died April 9 at age 58. She was born January 2, 1960, in Mesa, Arizona, to George and Karen Livingston, and spent her childhood in Texas, Costa Rica, Colombia, Arizona and Alabama. After earning a degree in Radio/TV/Film from Baylor University, Joani was a director and producer for KWTX in Waco, director and producer for KWBU, CEO of Livingston Group Productions, and co-founder of Livingston+McKay. She was an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, writer, speaker, teacher, mentor and friend who believed passionately in people and devoted her life to telling their stories. She was an avid traveler, movie lover, fervent foodie, and a self-described "lover of stories, life and dark chocolate." Joani is survived by her parents, George and Karen Livingston of Waco, Texas; sister and brother-in-law Sheri (BA '82) and Scott Crawford (BBA '82), of Charlottesville, Virginia; sister and brother-in-law Cindi and Tom Knight, of Lewisburg, West Virginia; brother and fiancée David Livingston and Babette Paoli, of Blaine, Washington; nephews TJ Knight, of Blacksburg, Virginia; John Crawford, serving overseas with the U.S. Air Force; Steven Crawford, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Mark Crawford, of Charlottesville, Virginia; and Jake Livingston, of Bellingham, Washington; dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles; and thousands of friends around the world whom she loved deeply.
Terry Lynn Smith Ray, BSN ’83, died March 14 in Webster, TX, at age 57. She was born on December 30, 1960 to Leo and Cordelia Smith in San Antonio, Texas. Terry was formerly from La Marque and lived in Alvin for 10 years. She was a graduate of La Marque High School Class of 1979, graduated from Baylor School of Nursing in 1983, Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1992, and Phoenix University School of Nursing in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She worked in numerous hospitals in Texas and Arkansas. She was a member of Second Baptist Church Houston, Pearland campus. Terry is preceded in death by her father Leo W. Smith. She is survived by her mother Cordelia Smith of Alvin, TX, son Benjamin Matthew Ray of Benton, AR, two sisters – Tammy Warren of McKinney, TX and Vikki Kirk of League City, TX, two brothers – Vernon Smith of La Marque, TX and Tim Smith of Alvin, TX, eight nieces and nephews, and five great nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 1:00PM with a service to follow at 2:00PM at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, with Dr. Charles Redmond officiating. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas, officiated by Rev. Herb Reeves. Pallbearers will be Paul Bernal, David Kelly, Pat Patterson and Dwight Gentry of Second Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Published by Crowder Funeral Home