Evelyn Elizabeth Harris, age 90, of Bradenton, FL passed peacefully Thursday, June 23, 2016. Evelyn was born in Bad Axe, MI on September 26, 1925 to Fredrick and Nellie (Bruce) Liedke. She married Clayton Hiller in June of 1946. They farmed in Bad Axe and later retired to Bradenton FL where he preceded her in death in 1998. In 2001 she married Donald Harris and they shared a great love for visiting the puppies at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, FL Don preceded her in death in 2011. Evelyn is survived by three children: Ruth Ann Tinkham of Ypsilanti, June (Joseph) Mausolf of Filion, Jerry (Veronica) Hiller of Scott's, nine grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, several step grandchildren/great grandchildren, brothers Edward Liedke of Bradenton FL, Robert (Betty) Liedke of Bad Axe, sister Colleen Krueger of Harbor Beach, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law Alfred (Esther) Liedke, sister and brother-in-law Phyllis (Arthur) Clark, sister-in-law Mary Liedke, brother-in-law Ray Krueger and infant granddaughter Sara Hiller. Evelyn enjoyed life. Her passions included traveling, gardening, dancing, playing cards, cake decorating and sewing. She was also an accomplished quilter and gladly taught anyone who was willing to sew a seam or hold a needle. She was an active member of the Bad Axe United Methodist Church and later the Oneco United Methodist Church. A memorial service was held on June 26th at The Woodlands Assisted Living in Bradenton and she will be buried with her beloved Don at The VA National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL . For those wishing to make a donation in her name, please consider the following: Southeastern Guide Dogs ((guidedogs.org), 4210 77th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221), Oneco United Methodist Church (2112 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203) or an organization of your choice.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 28, 2016