A Pastor’s Wife committed suicide after buying a gun and shooting herself in a parking lot

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Harriet Deison commits suicide

A Dallas pastor’s wife committed suicide by shooting  herself to death this weekend in the parking lot of the gun store where she had just purchased a pistol.

According to Charisma News: 

Police said Harriet Deison, 65, 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.”

According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas police Sgt. Shelley Johnston said police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will investigate to determine whether legal procedures were followed preceding the purchase of the gun.

Andrew Young, ATF spokesman, said these types of incidents can occur even when gun stores follow the law.

“This kind of thing happens, unfortunately,” he said. “It’s really hard on the dealers when someone buys a gun and takes their life with the gun in the parking lot.”

Deison is survived by her husband, two children and five grandchildren.

  • Denise Edwards

    Why was it not questioned that she was buying a gun? A 65 year old pastor’s wife buying a gun seems a little odd to me? Very, very tragic. This woman had her faith, her husband, many grandchildren, money, friends etc. but couldn’t make it. I would do anything to have a chance at this kind of life. I am alone, living in poverty with no family in another country. I have had some many trials and tribulations to face but it is God that keeps me going. We have to run the race. If she was alone and homeless it would make more sense. I just cannot understand it but I will not judge as I do not know. The trauma she put her family through and her husband is something that she could have avoided. It is different if you are alone but she had an impact on the ones around her. So sad in every way.

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