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

11 thoughts on “HARRIET LONG GORDY

  1. We appreciate getting to know Dun and Harriet during our 1983-84 time at the Baker City, Oregon New Tribes Mission Boot Camp. Harriet was gracious and a blessing and encouragement through her ministry to students, particularly the women.

    Our prayers are that the God of All Comfort will draw close to Dun and his family at this time.


  2. We are sooo sorry to hear about Harriot! She was the best! I will pray for you all. I know prayer is huge, but it seems so small with all the pain those left behind must feel. She was such an angel on earth. I will never forget the when we spent the day junking in Baker, to return to a full on turkey dinner I never saw her prepare. She was magic with cooking! We wish we could do something for you at this time, please contact us. Susie Jerry Heller

  3. Harriet and Dun – two of the dearest saints I’ve met in a long time. Harriet you’re homecoming brought great rejoicing in heaven and a freedom from all the pain you’ve endured for so long here on earth. Papa God is so happy to see you up there as we are sad so sad to lose you down here on earth! You brought such joy to everyone you met – we will miss you so!

  4. Bless you these days Dun — the Lord Jesus prayer has been answered, “Joh 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

  5. We thank the Lord for you both and for the blessing and encouragement you have been to our lives over the years of working in Summit! We are praying for your family these days and we know HE will be glorified!! Harriet was such a trooper and has inspired me in so many ways!! She is now dancing in heaven!!
    Dale & Barb McAlister

  6. What a loss for all of us but a blessing for Ms Harriet! We will miss her pictures of faithfulness through her illness. Our prayers are for you and your family. Please keep postings of your activities. We love you.

  7. With tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, I am thinking of Harriet. She was such a blessing to me and someone who made a lasting impression in my life. Joe and I are so thankful for the joy of knowing her. She was definitely a fighter and I’m glad she’s with Jesus and doesn’t have to fight anymore. Marilyn Codispoti

  8. Sure wish we could be there at the Chapel at the Beach tomorrow for the service. We missed seeing you this summer. Both of you are such an inspiration to us all. We’re praying for you during this difficult time, but as you know, Harriet’s where we all long to be and we’re certain she heard those words we want to hear as well…”Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
    God bless you during this tough time. We know that our God is so very faithful and will bring comfort and encouragement from all kinds of unexpected places!
    Hang in there…we hope to see you soon!
    Love in Christ,
    Bryon, Lori, Abby, and Wes

  9. Dun, our heartfelt sympathy for losing your soulmate and lifelong partner.

    Halleluah! For she is suffering no more.

    We love you.

    Lee and Gail

  10. I got back into town today and read about your Harriett going home to her Jesus. What a beautiful story of her life! She was a beautiful Godly Women. Harriett’s life will live on and on through all the lives she has touched.
    Sending sympathy with prayers to you and your children,

    Eleanor Nagle

  11. Hello Dun and family, My deepest condolances go out to you and the family.We will all miss her terribly, even us who’ve not seen her for years. Her love for the Lord was contagious, and I will remember her for that. I know that we can all grieve with the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and I’m thankful to Him!
    Love in Christ,
    Ginny-Lou Alexander

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