Friday, August 17, 2012

Elizabeth O'connor Harris

Wellsville, NY - Elizabeth O'connor Harris passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY where she had resided for several days.

She was born in Wellsville on July 18, 1925 to the late Gertrude Burr O'connor and John H. O'connor. On june 16, 1948 Elizabeth married Daniel Christiana Harris in Wellsville where they chose to raise their family becoming integral members of the community.

Elizabeth is survived by her four children Daniel (Ann) c. Harris Jr., Kevin (Jeanne) O'connor Harris, Patty Ann (John) Kuzma and Mary Lois [Dan) Denner, eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a very close extended family including Joe and Florence Ann  Felsen and family, Kitty Cretekos and family and many more too numerous to mention.

She was predeceased by her husband, brother John O'Connor and his wife Lois and nephew Michael O'Connor.

After graduating from immaculate conception school, Wellsville High School and Alfred University Elizabeth was active in Beta Sigma Phi in which she stayed involved until recently. She also taught English in the Wellsville school system and is still fondly remembered by former students.

Liz shared a lifelong passion for golf with her family and friends, playing daily for many summers and for bridge which she played several days a week with her friends.

She was a very active communicant in Immaculate Conception parish volunteering im many different capacities throughout her life.

Most of all, Elizabeth enjoyed all things involving her family. She was a very recognizable figure at any sporting event, and there were many, involving her children and grandchildren.

While using her porch as a bus stop the children of the neighborhood enjoyed her protection and the treats she provided daily.

Her home was always the hub of activity for her family and friends but her specialty was holidays made especially memorable by her extensive preparation and enthusiastic participation.

Elizabeth will be very sadly missed but very joyously remembered.

Friends are invited to call on sunday, august 19, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. In Wellsville. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

 Memorials donated in her name to Hart Comfort House or Jones Memorial Hospital, both in Wellsville, will be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. To leave online condolences, please visit www.Embserfuneralhome.Com.

8 comments:

  1. I'm very sorry to hear this, she was a lovely person. Dawn Hermann

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  2. We were so sorry to read of your Mothers passing. Although we didn't personally know your Mom, your right we saw her at many, many sporting events over the years - truly a proud Grandma! Cherish your memories of her and may your children have wonderful remembrances of their Grandma!
    Sincerely, Debbie & Glenn Mattison

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  3. Craig S. Armstrong (craig_s_armstrong@hotmail.com)August 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Dear Dan, Kevin and The Harris Family,
    This is very sad news, my condolences for your loss. I have many memories of your mother from delivering her newspaper as a kid and at the WCC. Kind regards from Zurich;
    Craig S. Armstrong

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  4. Craig S. Armstrong (craig_s_armstrong@hotmail.com)August 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Dear Dan, Kevin and The Harris Family,
    This is very sad news, my condolences for your loss. I have many memories of your mother from delivering her newspaper as a kid and at the WCC. Kind regards from Zurich;
    Craig S. Armstrong

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  5. Dan, my condolences to you and your family. Your mother was very kind to me when I returned to Wellsville in '92 and was dealing with the end of life issues with my parents. Her moral support helped me greatly and I was sorry to hear of her passing last week.
    Barbara Vaklyes Savins

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  6. It was an honor and privilege to have Liz call me a friend. Always self assured, Liz was an inspiration to those of us less confident. She loved you all with a great sense of humor! Truly a life well lived. We will miss Liz.
    Bev Gibbs

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  7. What a life well lived. Condolences to the family and RIP Mrs. Harris.

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  8. To the entire Harris Family: My deepest sympathies with the passing of this wonderful lady. I had the pleasure of knowing Liz for many years; from school, then working at Harris Supply to being a neighbor. She was always so kind to me and always stopped to say hi & chat whenever we ran into each other. She will be truly missed. God Bless... Barb Ceglia

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