Jeanne (Gauthier) Harris, 86, of Sugarmill Woods, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at her home surrounded by family and under the care of HPH Hospice. She was born June 15, 1926, in Franklin, N.H., to Earnest and Beatrice Gauthier. She grew up in Franklin, N.H., and attended local schools. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1944. She graduated from The Wilson School of Medical Technology in Boston, Mass., as an x-ray technician and served in the U.S. Navy
WAVES. She moved to Washington, DC and was employed at the National Academy of Sciences. During that time, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. It was while living in Washington that Jeanne met and married her second husband, Tom Harris. Following her retirement from the National Academy, she began a successful and enjoyable second career in the theatre, becoming an accomplished actress on stage and television in the Washington area. She attended acting classes at the Round House Theatre School, Montgomery College and the Kennedy Center Theatre Lab. Jeanne brought her love for the theatre to Homosassa where she and her husband retired to in 1993. She was a founding member of "Stagecrafters," the community theatre of Sugarmill Woods. She thoroughly enjoyed working in many theatre productions in the area both as an actress and director. She was a communicant of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Crystal River and served as a lector for many years. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women and was also a long-time member of the Women of Sugarmill Woods, serving on the Board as director of Community Services.
Jeanne leaves her loving husband of 40 years, Tom Harris, of Sugarmill Woods; sisters, Mary Gauthier (Larry) Woods of Northfield, N.H., and Marjorie Gauthier of Boynton Beach; and close relatives, Celeste Richard (Gregg) Couture of Franklin, N.H., and Linda Gauthier ( Johneric) Wickstrom of Tilton, N.H. She will be especially missed by her grandchildren, Krystal, Samantha, Jason and Shawn and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepdaughters, Martha Harris of Boca Raton, and Linda Fletcher Simon of Steubenville, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Jay Harris, Humble, Texas, and David (Norma) Harris, Port Orange; nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Benedict Catholic Church with Fr. Ryszard Stradomski officiating, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In accordance with Jeanne's request, there will be no visitation. There will be a celebration of Jeanne's life following the scheduled Mass in Hilgert Hall at St. Benedict's where the family will greet friends. Memorial donations my be made to HPH Hospice, 3545 N Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465, or St. Benedict Catholic Church, 455 S Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429. The family would like to thank HPH Hospice and Home Health Care, especially Sandy, Betsy and Catherine and Jeanne's special friend and nurse, Vickie, for the support and care provided throughout Jeanne's illness. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness is in charge of arrangements.
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