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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • DOROTHY HARRINGTON HARNEY

  • 1917-2013
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  • Dorothy Harrington Harney, former Taft Postmaster, passed away peacefully at her home in San Jose on Jan. 2, 2013.  She was 95 years old.  Born in Santa Monica, CA, Dorothy had deep roots in Taft, having attended Taft schools from kindergarten through Junior College.  In March of 1938, she and Gene Harrington were the first couple to be married in the “new” Taft Methodist Church on North Street.  Soon afterwards, they established the Modern Cleaners on Center Street, serving Air Force cadets who were stationed at The Fort.  Two children, Bob and Pat, were born, and Dorothy's mother, Flora Moynier, moved in with the family.  Dorothy served as a volunteer on the Kern County Civil Service Commission from 1950—1965 and was appointed Postmaster of Taft by Congressman Harlan Hagen in 1964.  Following her retirement in 1977, Dorothy married long-time friend, Hal Harney of Glennville, and together they established a home in Bakersfield.  Extensive travel and service with Kiwanis Club fulfilled their lives together.  After Hal's passing in 2002, Dorothy moved to San Jose to be near her daughter, Pat, and other family members.  She enlarged her vast circle of friends with fellow residents at the Atrium retirement center.  She continued to travel even in the last year of her life.  Dorothy was predeceased by her father and mother, Abel and Flora Moynier, her husband Gene Harrington, her husband Hal Harney, and her son Bob Harrington.  She is survived by her daughter, Pat Dopyera, Hal's children, Bret and Brenda Harney, five granddaughters and eleven great grandchildren.  Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., and a reception will follow at the West Kern Oil Museum.   There are no visitation hours scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the West Kern Oil Museum or the Taft Methodist Church.  To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.

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