Alvernon Harrington

Obituary of Alvernon Verne Harrington

Alvernon (Verne) Ann Harrington, 88, of Clearwater, FL passed away on January 3, 2021, in Plano, TX. Verne was born in Bayonne, NJ to Rodney and Elizabeth (Dorothy) Michaels on January 16, 1932. She attended Bayonne High School and went on to earn a degree in Health Sciences and Nursing from Jersey City State Teachers College. She completed her nursing training at Jersey City Medical Center. Shortly before graduation, Verne met Don Harrington at a CYO dance, and they were later married on September 4, 1954. Verne is survived by her children, Karen Harrington (NJ), Andrew and Julie Harrington (CO), Daniel and Beth Harrington (NH), Sean and MaryAnn Harrington (WI) and Elizabeth Gunter (TX), as well as her eight grandchildren: Caitlin Hicks, Allison Hicks, Erik Dubec, Austin Gunter, Elissa Harrington, Jacob Harrington, Michael Harrington and Collin Gunter, and one great-grandchild, Conner Harrington. She is preceded in death by her husband Don Harrington, her daughter Jeri Dubec, her sons-in-law David Dubec and Steve Gunter, and her siblings Donna Meyers and Edward Michaels. Verne enjoyed a full life of extensive travel and novel experiences. She and Don lived in Madrid, Spain and Melbourne, Australia during his tenure with Exxon, and enjoyed embracing the culture, language, and community of each country. She learned languages easily and conversed in Spanish while in Madrid. She also became an avid Australian Rules Football fan and cheered on the local team, the Hawthorne Hawks, during their time in Melbourne. While well into her senior years, Verne took every opportunity to try different and exciting experiences, including snorkeling and cross-country skiing. She loved reading and was eager to share articles and books she found interesting with friends and family. She also enjoyed playing games of all sorts, from card games to crossword puzzles, to Wii bowling. Mostly, Verne loved to spend time with her family. She and Don divided their time between the beaches of Clearwater, Florida and their farm in northern Pennsylvania. Every summer for over 20 years, Don and Verne hosted a family reunion that drew distant family from all over the country. Verne was a loving wife and devoted mother, and her children and grandchildren will deeply miss her kindness, her laughter, and indomitable spirit.
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