Harriet Deison, 65, was found dead in her car outside of McClelland Gun Shop on Saturday. While her death was ruled a suicide, investigators are making sure all the legal procedures were followed in selling her the firearm.
According to Charisma News: Police said Harriet Deison, wife of Pastor Pete Deison, was found Saturday inside her Lexus sedan after people inside of McClelland Gun Shop in East Dallas heard two shots and called 911 at around 2:15 p.m.
Although no note was found, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a suicide.
Columnist Roy Exum, a friend of the Deison family, wrote in The Chattanoogan that Harriet “charmed all of our hearts” and “exemplified her life into a role model that hundreds of women have followed.”“I believe she could do anything from arranging flowers to running a big company in Dallas, both of which she did adroitly,” he said.
In addition to serving Park Cities Presbyterian Church as the pastor’s wife, Deison also ran Minwood One Corp., which is categorized under the collection agencies industry.
Deison’s obituary said she married Pete, the “love of her life,” in 1968, and the two shared 43 years of ministry.
“She partnered with him in every way,” it said. “Harriet often said, ‘When you look into the face of a flower, you see the love of our Creator, God.'”
Though friends and reports said she appeared to be living a fulfilling life, the obituary hinted at hardships she faced. “Harriet’s gift of compassion and empathy caused her to feel deeply for others in pain. She struggled with her own pains and was able to use what she learned to comfort others.”
Deison is survived by her husband, two children and five grandchildren.