In Memoriam : Irene Harris

Irene Harris Irene Eva Harris - age: 96
(April 24, 1916 to January 04, 2013 )
Resident of Dayton, Maine

Visitation Information:
Friends and relatives may call at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St, Saco, Maine Thursday January 10th from 4 to 7 PM. A funeral service will be held Friday January 11th at 1:00PM at the funeral home, spring burial will be at Goodwins Mills Cemetery.

Obituary:
Irene E. Harris
Dayton, Maine Irene Eva (Searles) Harris, 96 of Dayton passed away peacefully on Friday January 4, 2013 at the Gosnell Hospice House, Scarborough, following a brief illness.
She was born in Woodland, Maine on April 24, 1916, a daughter of Harry Whitney Searles Sr. and Viola (Little) Searles. She was one of 17 children.
In 1935, Irene married Bernard Elvin Harris and moved to Dayton in 1936.
Irene was a home insurance agent for Modern Woodman and also a ballot clerk for the Town of Dayton for many years. She loved to crochet and knit in her spare time. She also worked with her husband, Bernard, on the farm assisting with all the chores and raising four children along with many foster children along the way.
Her mind was sharp and keen right to the end. Irene was full of wisdom and would welcome anyone to pull up a chair and chat for a bit about family and the many events in her long full life. She was a very busy lady but always helpful anytime she was needed. Irene would always welcome you into her home with bright smile. She so loved to reminisce about her life’s many tales and childhood adventures with anyone who would listen and join in the conversation.
Irene is survived by four children, Carl Sr. with his wife Wilma of Dayton, Paul of Dayton, Rita Williams of Sanford, and Bud with his wife Colleen of Dayton, Her brother, Robert with his wife Tina from Missouri, four sisters Pearl Hubert with her husband Nelson from Dayton, Norma Milinski with her husband Francis of FL, Elva Wing with her husband Arthur of Gorham, and Rita Richardson with her husband Frank of Tx, and many many grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins. Irene acquired a multitude of friends and acquaintances over the year and was often visited by the people whose lives she had touched. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard E. Harris in 1972, 6 brothers Ted, Raymond, Arnold, Harvey, Harry Jr and John, and five sisters, Dorothy, Lillian, Alberta, Elsie and Myrtle.
A special thanks to the Gosnell House is Scarborough along with the excellent in home Hospice care that was provided. If you wish to make a donation in Irene’s memory, please forward to Gosnell Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, Maine.
Friends and relatives may call at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St, Saco, Maine Thursday January 10th from 4 to 7 PM. A funeral service will be held Friday January 11th at 1:00PM at the funeral home, spring burial will be at Goodwins Mills Cemetery.








Susan Sleeper - January 7, 2013Contact this person Contact this person
One of my favorite memories of my Grandmother was when I was a child. She would knit us each a pair of mittens for Christmas. In the fall she would start working on them and as each of us would visit she would have us, one by one, try the mittens on. We would be asked to hold up our hands as she examined her work. Though they were, at that time, incomplete, she would look them over. Flip our hands this way. Wiggle our fingers that way. She would ask if they fit well at the wrist. After removing them I would go on my way and forget about them. Christmas there would be a package for me wrapped in colorful paper under the tree. In that package were the new pair of knitted mittens she worked so hard on. Attatched to one another by a crocheted string so we wouldnt lose them. Along with the mittens was a hat she knitted for us as well. A soft and fluffy pom pom on top. I often wish every child could have a Grandmother like her. She never discovered a cure, broke a land speed record, or traveled to far away places. She was a Grandmother. Her heart and spirit was so large that it had enough to give to those around her. She did everything she needed to here on Earth and now she has traveled on to a place where she can continue to watch over us. I will miss her everyday and strive to make her proud. I love you Grammy.



    
 





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