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Muriel Harris

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Harris, Muriel
April 29, 1923 - March 11, 2011
Muriel Harris, 87, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully on March 11, 2011, surrounded by family at her home in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Harris was born Muriel Goodman in Philadelphia on April 29, 1923, to David and Rose Goodman. Raised in Baltimore, she attended Miss Miller's Finishing School, where her flair for creating beauty led young Muriel to a career in interior design. Often referred to as the Belle of Baltimore, she met and married young Army officer Jack Harris in 1942. He sent her picture to LIFE magazine to enter a contest to name The Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Forces. She won the contest along with nine other women, and their pictures were featured on the cover of LIFE.

In 1959, Mrs. Harris moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she continued her design work for a number of clients. She also designed movie sets for "The Blob" and other feature films.

It was her dry sense of humor and infectious laugh that will be both remembered and missed. She loved a good joke, and never failed to make those around her laugh and be happy.

Survivors include daughter Lynda Resnick and son-in-law Stewart Resnick, son Anthony Harris and daughter-in-law Alizon Harris, of Los Angeles; grandchildren Jason Sinay, Jonathan Sinay, Ilene Resnick, William Resnick, Jeff Resnick, Kris Harris, Zach Harris, Jordanna Harris and Gavrielle Harris; and great-grandchildren Danielle Sinay, Scarlett Sinay, Lucy Weiss and Oliver Weiss.

A private service is scheduled with interment at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary.

The family has asked that those who would like to make a donation in honor of Mrs. Harris, please consider a contribution to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Decorative Arts Department (made payable to LACMA and sent to the attention of Diana Veach, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036) or the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) research of Dr. Michelle Zeidler at UCLA Medical Sciences (made payable to UC Regents and sent to the attention of Valerie Amador, UCLA Medical Sciences Development, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095).

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2011
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