Mary Jane Bilby-Harmeson, 73, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, 2019 at Harbour Manor in Noblesville.

Born Sept. 10, 1946 in Lebanon, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Robert O. Bilby, Sr. and Virginia Eloise (Waitt) Bilby.

She was a 1964 graduate of Sheridan High School and attended the Sheridan First Christian Church.

On Oct. 29, 1967 she married the love of her life, Kent F. Harmeson, and they would spend the next 52 years by each other's side. Family was very important. That phrase is often overused; however, in this case it would be considered an understatement. Mother was her favorite role. She loved being involved in her girls’ activities while they were growing up. For many years she was actively involved with the Marion-Adams band booster program. When the kids were grown and started having families of their own, she quickly realized that Grandma was her new favorite role and spoiling her grandkids rotten every chance she had was her mission.

Even though she loved being a mother and a grandmother, the role of loving wife was the one she cherished the most. After Mr. Harmeson retired and the kids were grown, they had plenty of time to do more activities together. They loved rescuing strays in the neighborhood, including the occasional opossum and raccoon. Mr. and Mrs. Harmeson also loved taking walks around Sheridan. They never seemed to have a particular route, they just went down whichever streets they hadn't been down in awhile, stopping and visiting with people they knew along the way. When it was no longer possible to take their walks around town, they would hop in the truck and drive instead, still stopping and visiting as they went. Mr. Harmeson would run his errands for the day and Mrs. Harmeson was always right there by his side. She also loved traveling, whether it was going up to New York to see Central Park and Yankee Stadium, heading out west to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, traveling to see the grandkids, going on band trips, or just puttering around Sheridan. Her favorite part, no matter where she traveled, was getting to enjoy it with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Kent F. Harmeson of Sheridan; two daughters, Jennifer Lynn (Chris) Adams of Sheridan, and Gwendolyn Dawn (Brice) Grinstead of Jasper; seven grandchildren, Courtney Adams (Fiance Luke Hopper), Rachael Adams, Jacob Grinstead, Maggie Adams, Abbie Grinstead, Valerie Adams and Beth Adams; and two brothers, Robert O. (Carol) Bilby, Jr. of Pendleton, and Carl Eugene "Gene" (Shirley) Bilby of Southport.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Jeff Higgins will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.