LAKE MARY, FLA. — Miriam Elizabeth Harris, 99, formerly of Auburn and of 11 Bearce Ave., Lewiston, where she lived with her family for 37 years, died peacefully at home in on May 22.
She was born on May 13, 1912, in New Gloucester, the daughter of William L. and Ora B. Neal Marston. She was educated in Lewiston-Auburn schools, graduating from Jordan High School in 1929.
In July 1931 she married Franklin J. Harris, who died in 1965.
She worked in an office of Continental Mill until the mill closed in 1961, and for many years at Sanborn’s Motor Express. She retired from there, but returned to work, retiring again in 1985 from the X-ray and personnel offices at CMMC. She was a life member of CMMC’s Women’s Hospital Association.
She enjoyed volunteer work in many areas, locally and in Hawaii where she resided for 2 years. She found a rewarding experience there working with Alzheimer’s disease patients. Also she participated in the Great Aloha Run, winning a first-place medal in her 75+ age group.
For many years, she was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewiston. She then became a member in 1990 of Court Street Baptist Church in Auburn where she participated in American Baptist Women’s Ministries, Young at Heart, and Bible study classes. She was member of Mount Olivet Chapter 29 and Pine Cone Chapter 26, Order of Eastern Star, where she enjoyed serving as Adah.
She was an active lady enjoying life in many ways: Making a home for her husband and two sons, gardening, crocheting, sewing, traveling, and working on puzzles. She was creative and wrote little verses and devotional works. She also sold original afghan designs to Caron International.
Her most prized value was the warmth of God’s presence in her life, and His endless blessings. She loved to share His love with her family and friends.
She is survived by her lovely daughter-in-law, Nancy, of Auburn; granddaughter, Jean, and her husband, Vincent Parodi, of Montvale, N.J.; grandson, Douglas Harris, of New Jersey; daughter-in-law, Betsey Harris, of New Jersey; five great-grandchildren, Michael J., Laure E. and Caitlyn Harris and Nicholas and Joseph Parodi, all of New Jersey; and many dear nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two beloved sons, Franklin J. Harris Jr., of Dumont, N.J., and Paul R. Harris, of Auburn; two sisters, Phyllis Morton, of Falmouth and Charlotte Marston, of Auburn; and four brothers, Kenneth Marston, of Cumberland Center, Richard Marston, of Danbury, Conn., Everett Marston, of Holliston, Mass., and Harold Marston, of East Weymouth, Mass.