Shirley Jean Harkness 1930-2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Shirley Jean Harkness 1930-2021

Shirley Jean Harkness, “Jean,” 91, of Lima, Montana, passed away on Nov. 6, 2021 at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare. She was born July 3, 1930, in Butte, Montana, to Malcolm Shearer and Wilma Olmstead. She was raised by her paternal grandparents, James and Bertha Shearer.

Jean and Bernard lived up Big Sheep Creek on the family ranch. She was very supportive of her children in their activities and was an active member of Montana Farm Bureau with her husband Barnard. In later life (2001), Jean and Bernard became members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and participated in many church events.

Jean was preceded in death by Bernard in 2012; her daughter Janice in 2012; her son-in-law Janice’s husband, William in 2013; and her son Ernest in 1973. The family is grateful for the wonderful care that she received at the Renaissance Senior Center over the last several years.

There is a visitation scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15 at Brundage Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m., with a funeral service on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A guestbook is available online at