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Harriet Ruth Van Husen Markel was born February 7, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and passed away March 31, 2013 at age 91.Her parents were Evaline and George Van Husen. Harriet grew up in Grand Rapids where she graduated from South High School and subsequently attended Grand Rapids Business College where she won numerous awards for her speed and accuracy in shorthand and typing. She married Melvin Markel on October 6, 1942 at St. Paul Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, prior to Melvin entering the Army Air Corps in 1942. Following Melvin's return from World War II, they continued living in Grand Rapids where their two oldest children were born. Harriet was very active in the Westminster Presbyterian choir and was an accomplished pianist and marimba soloist. In 1951 Harriet and her family moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico where their third child was born. While in Carlsbad, Harriet organized and directed six children's choirs at the First Methodist Church, sang in the Carlsbad Women's Club Chorus, served as a Girl Scout leader and served as the regional director for the Girl Scouts. She was also very active in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. After moving to Vicksburg, Mississippi with her family in 1961, she became a realtor and was active in her church, Crawford Street Methodist Church. Additionally, she enjoyed hosting many formal receptions and parties for her husband's company. Returning to the Southwest in 1964, Harriet and her family moved to El Paso where she resided for 48 years. While in El Paso, Harriet worked as the executive secretary to the president of a large, downtown bank and was the secretary to the Dean of the Education, Psychology, and Guidance department at the University of Texas, El Paso. While in El Paso, she served as president of United Methodist Women at Trinity United Methodist Church, resumed leading Girl Scouts, and hosted Rotary exchange students in her home. Harriet was also a very active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church where she taught bible studies, vacation bible school, and enjoyed participating in her Sunday school class. Harriet loved animals and throughout the years adopted several rescue dogs. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin; son, Daiel; son-in-law Ben Gomersall; and brother George Van Husen. She is survived by her two daughters, Evaline Markel Gomersall and Ann Markel Marks. Other survivors include her daughter-in-law Judy Markel Dreyer; sister-in-law Bonnell Van Husen; brother-in-law Rev. Bill Martin; brother Lucien Terrell; and grandchildren, Tracie and Darryl Kaip; Brett and Lacey Gomersall; Kevin and Alejandra Markel; Kyle Markel; Kristin and Jim Fouts; Molly Marks; and Ryan Marks. She also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many precious friends. The family wishes to thank all of her friends for their support of Harriet with their prayers, gifts, cards, flowers, and visits. In addition, the family would like to thank the staff at Royal Estates and VNA Hospice for the compassionate care they extended. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Mark United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Felicia Hopkins. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to her church, St. Mark United Methodist Church, 5005 Love Rd., El Paso, TX 79922, VNA Hospice, 4171 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79902, or the SPCA. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.

Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 2 to Apr. 10, 2013
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