Harriet Gordy, 70, went from the arms of her husband into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, November 21, 2010. She was born in Marianna, Florida and grew up in Montgomery, AL. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, she earned a BA degree in Math from Judson College, Marion, AL. Harriet was active in athletics and earned a varsity letter in 5 sports. She was president of her college class all 4 years and earned many honors and awards.
She was the only child of Harry and Lois Stanley Long who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Dun Gordy of Panama City Beach, FL. Their son and family, Michael Dunaway and Wendy Gordy and son Nathaniel, live in Springfield, OR. Daughter Julieann and Joe Girello with daughters Jessica Lois and Jenna Ann live in Leesburg, FL. Daughter Kristie Lois and Franz Martens with daughter Jennifer, sons Jacob and Matthew David serve as missionaries in Papua New Guinea.
Dun and Harriet served several Baptist churches in Louisiana and Georgia. They were serving Victory Baptist Church in Robinson Springs, AL when they joined New Tribes Mission to go as foreign missionaries. Instead they served in the recruiting and training ministry of the mission in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Papua New Guinea from 1971 until retirement.
Harriet taught high school math in Millbrook, AL and in Leesburg, FL. She was teacher of the year in 1990-91 in the Lee Learning Center in Leesburg.
After suffering a near fatal heart attack causing kidney failure in 2001, Harriet has been on hemodialysis 3 times per week. With severely damaged heart and failed kidneys she constantly demonstrated the joy of her Lord to everyone she met.
Her heart’s desire and life’s ministry was to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to make Him known to the world.
Memorial service will be held at the church she loved, the Chapel at the Beach, at 11 AM on Sunday, November 28. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Fund, Chapel at the Beach, P.O. Box 611401, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461. www.chapelrb.org