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Lillian Ruth Harris
OBERLIN - Lillian Ruth Harris, (nee McManama), 100 years of age and a resident of Oberlin, Ohio passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Amherst Manor Nursing Home.
Lillian was born Jan. 22, 1914, to Marshall and Eva Joy McManama (nee Williams) in Elyria, Ohio where she was raised and graduated from Elyria High School in the class of 1932. In 1938 she married Elmer G. Harris and together set out about life sharing their passions for family, church and farming.
Lillian was a 60 plus year member of South Amherst First United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and general supporter of all things church related. She was deeply involved in the operations of the family dairy farm and was a member of the Russia Township Farm Women's Club as well as the Oberlin Farm Council. She also belonged to the Lorain County Gideon's as well as their ladies auxiliary; the Oberlin AARP chapter 395. She gave of her time for several years as a volunteer at the Oberlin Allen Memorial Hospital. Lillian also dedicated 20 years of her life as a medical assistant for Dr. Elsie Snell of Amherst. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling and reading. Most of all Lillian loved the time spent with her family laughing, living and making memories.
Left behind to cherish her memory are Lillian's children; Martha (Roger) Pendleton of Ashland, OH; David G. (Marilyn) Harris of Kensington, CT, Barbara (Floyd) Hammond of Oberlin, OH; grandchildren Kent, Mike and Todd Harris, Debbie Bouchard, Doug Hammond, Amy Hammond, Shawne Brown and Sharla Recinella and their spouses; eighteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of fifty three years, Elmer G. Harris in 1992; by siblings Kathleen Klein in 1999, Albert D. in 1992, and Myrtle in 1916.
Family will receive friends at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Avenue, Thursday, April 10th, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8. Funeral services will be held Friday morning, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. at the South Amherst First United Methodist Church, 201 West Main Street, South Amherst, Ohio.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either New Life Hospice 3500 Koble Road, Lorain, OH 44053 or to the South Amherst First United Methodist Church.
Additional information and online register book are available at
Published in The Morning Journal on Apr. 8, 2014
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