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Harbaugh, Dorothy (Moore)M.Ed. 1964

D.O.D 03/01/2014 - Dorothy Harbaugh was born to J. Howard and Clara Belle (Patton) Moore in Arkansas City, Kansas, on June 11, 1911, (still the hottest June 11 on record).

She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1928. She attended predecessor of Cowley County Community College before enrolling at the University of Kansas, from which she graduated with a double degree in piano and public school music in 1932.

Dorothy completed graduate studies at several institutions of higher education before being granted her masterís in education degree from Phillips University, Enid, in 1964.

Dorothy taught school in Mildred and Wichita, Kansas, prior to marrying Russell Harbaugh in 1941.

They moved to Enid following Russellís active military service in the Army Air Corps during WWII. While raising their children, Hank and Ann, she taught at Wilson, Taft and Hayes elementary schools during the 1950s and 1960s, retiring in 1973.

Dorothy was active at First Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir for many years and serving as deacon and elder. She was so pleased to receive the Woman of the Year award from the Presbyterian Womenís organization. She became a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2012. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Mu Phi Epsilon honorary music sorority, AAUW, local, state and national education associations and Chapter Q of PEO.

Dorothy and Russell enjoyed family and friends during fun-filled weekends house-boating, barbecuing and playing bridge at both Keystone and Grand Lakes. They enjoyed traveling to Norman for OU football games and occasional bittersweet moments if KU ever prevailed at the final score.

After Russell passed away in 1979, she volunteered many hours at St. Maryís Hospital, traveled often, especially to see her children and grandchildren, and continued enjoying her friends at church, PEO and around the bridge table.

In her mid-90s, starting in 2005, Dorothy recorded three CDs of piano classics for the enjoyment of her family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed entertaining gatherings at church and at Golden Oaks Village with her piano music.

She was crowned the First Queen Arkalalah of the annual Arkansas City Fall festival ďArkalalahĒ in 1928.

She had a son, Hank Harbaugh, and a daughter, Ann Reding. She died March 1, 2014.