10 Most Beautiful 2010

Meet your winners in our search for 417-land's most beautiful women—inside and out.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Jean Harmison

Age: 48
Occupation: Owner, Club Management Services, LLC

Jean grew up in Indianola, Iowa and attended college in Warrensburg. She married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Harmison. They just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Jerry is now an attorney at Harmison and Pearman Law Firm in Springfield. They have two daughters, Jessica, 23, and Jenna, 17, who is a senior at Kickapoo High School. Jean and her family have lived in Springfield for 23 years. —C.W.

Q+A with Jean

What has been your proudest moment?
“My proudest moment was helping lead the Muscular Dystrophy Association events these past few years. And to see that they actually raise money, and it’s going to go to a good cause. [But watching my kids grow up is] probably my biggest accomplishment, I know that for sure. Watching my kids get their education and succeed in what they want to do.”

What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
“My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to get up at 5:30 a.m. and run with my running partner usually six or more miles. It doesn’t matter if it’s 80 degrees or -10 degrees. That’s how I start my Saturdays and I have for the past, probably, 15 years. Then to come home and read the paper with a cup of coffee. And I read everything in the newspaper. I love to read, so I read everything. And then hang out with my kids. And I like to clean house. If I had a Saturday where there were no activities, I would clean house. And then maybe make some dinner in the evening.”

What is your most prized possession?
“It would have to be something from my mom. She passed away quite a few years ago. She’s got a collection of recipes. I don’t like to cook, but I still have it. Probably a recipe box handed down from my mother. All my friends will get a huge laugh out of that. They’ll go, ‘You’ve never opened that, have you?’”

What are three words that describe you?
“Passionate, organized, intense.”

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?
“Definitely her personality. I think what’s in her heart and beliefs. It’s not really outer beauty—I mean there’s a combination, but a lot of it is being a good person. ‘Do unto others as you’d like have done to you.’ That’s what I kind of live by.”

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
“To be asked to chair the first Evening of Hope to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.”

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?
“I’m even keel. There isn’t anybody I can’t get along with. There isn’t a lot of drama in my life. I’m not a drama queen.”

When you were a little girl, who did you admire most?
“I admired my mom, Mary.”

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?
“Probably my kids. My source is my kids. They inspire me to do well because I want to be a good role model and I want them to watch me succeed. I want them to see that. That’s the only way they’re going to learn it. You can tell them many times but they’ve got to see it.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Never be afraid to take a risk.”

What’s your biggest goal in life?
“My biggest goal no matter what is being a good mom.”

What are your hobbies?
“I love to run. That’s kind of what I did growing up. I did some marathons, but now I’m just into recreational running. I love to go to the nature center. I love to do any kind of physical activity. And I love to read.”

Who is your celebrity crush?
“Brad Pitt.”

What was your worst date ever?
“Homecoming. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. We have a rule in our household that our children cannot date anybody more than two years older than them. Hence the rule, I dated a senior and I was a sophomore, so that is why. I’m just a big believer that when you’re young in school, you really should be with someone either in your grade, maybe a year younger, maybe a year older, but no more than two years. So, that’s how I came up with that rule. It was just a disaster. He wanted to do more things socially with groups. It was my very first date, and it was way above me. And I hated every minute of it.”
 
What is your Facebook status right now?

“I have a Facebook, but I haven’t gotten that far into it. If I had to put something on there today, I would probably say, looking forward to a trip to New Orleans.”

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
“My mom and my brother. And of course it would be catered.”

Meet Jean at Indulge: An Evening For Women, on September 23. Click here for more info and tickets

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