Mary Magdalene “Lulla” Harmon
Eulogy will be conducted on Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church located at 523 W. Third St., with Pastor Donald R. Burnette, Sr., officiant, for Ms. Mary Magdalene “Lulla” Harmon, 78, who died on June 22, 2015, in Crowley.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Excelsior Chapter, Order of Eastern Star #84, will conduct its Burial Ceremony at 11 a.m. and the Crowley Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will conduct its Omega Omega Services at 11:45 a.m.
The viewing will resume until the time of services. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mary Magdalene, a disciple for Jesus, teacher, humanitarian and public servant, can be appropriately described as a Godly woman who vigorously pursued a Godly path toward a Godly cause. This chosen course of action made her unique and set her remarkably apart in God’s orchard as an abundantly productive fruitbearing tree whose leaves of concern for human betterment never withered, and whose inward and outward prosperity never waned.
Ms. Harmon devoted 40 years of her life teaching the children of Crowley, spending one year at North Crowley Elementary School, two years at Ross Elementary School and 37 years at South Crowley Elementary School. Ms. Harmon spent 10 years teaching adult education.
Lulla was a kind, caring and conscientious member of her community, serving as vice president of the Crowley Housing Authority, a member and past chaplain of the Crowley Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, member and past matron of Excelsior Chapter #84, Order of Eastern Star, past member of the West Crowley Beautification committee, past member of the National Association of University Women, past committee member of the Ross Alumni Association and past member of the Acadia Chapter, Southern Alumni Association.
Mary Magdalene was a mainstay at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church until her health began to fail. She served as Church Clerk for over 40 years, financial secretary, a member of the Chancel choir, Sunday School staff, Senior Missionary Society, Division III Leader, Pastor’s Aid secretary, Church Council and Deaconess Board member.
Mary Magdalene worked in love, wisdom, humility, with courage, patience, joy and self-denial. Only God could have enabled her to serve as she obliged.
Lulla was preceded in death by her parents, LouElla Harmon and Murrell Harmon; her surrogate parents, Mary and Leon Rogers; her siblings, Mary Louise Webster, Leon Rogers Jr., Ollie Rogers, David Rogers, Alzina Hebert and Lois Hunter.
She leaves to those who will be most profoundly deprived of the warmth of “Lulla’s” pleasing personality and the strength of her noble character and the matriarch of the Blackwell family includes, her son, Reginald; her sister, Helen Williams of Crowley; one aunt, Ms. Mary Lee Harmon of Houston, Texas; her sister-in-law, Gloria C. Rogers of Crowley; her three first cousins who she loved so dearly and played an integral part of their lives, Betty and Raymond Payne of Crowley; Bertrand and Beverly Blackwell of Oakland, California; and Margaret J. Young of Crowley, who she took under her wings; her two special grands, Keeyada and Curley J. Young II and their children of Crowley; Ashleigh Young of Crowley; her Godchildren and numerous relatives, friends and students, whose lives she touched with continuous generosity, kindness and guidance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilturner Funeral Home.