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Elsa Marston Harik

Bloomington, Indiana

Mar 18, 1933 – Feb 16, 2017


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Day and Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home Obituary

Elsa Marston Harik, 83, died at home on February 16 , 2017 after a brave two-year battle with cancer. At the end, as in life, she was surrounded by friends, family, her two cats, and many manuscripts. Elsa was born in 1933 to Everett and Harriet Marston and grew up in the Boston area. Her...

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Dear Ramsay, Though we only knew Elsa in the latter years of her life, she was a profound inspiration for us her critical insights, her wisdom, and her unwavering dedication to principles. We consider it a truly extraordinary privilege to have known her. And, to you, Ramsay, your devoted care of your mother throughout this difficult time was exceptional; we appreciate the sacrifices you made to assist her as she continued to labor in the fields of honesty and integrity and to remain active...

Dear Ramsay, I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing. She was an amazing woman whom I greatly admired. My thoughts for remembrance and comfort are with you and your family.
Paula Gordon

Elsa was my friend and she will be greatly missed. Her writings, such as The Compassionate Warrior-Abd El-Kader of Algeria, filled holes in the canon of children's literature. I greatly admired Elsa and her work with children's lit in the Middle East. She had one of the finest minds I've met and I loved hearing her intelligent, compassionate view on people and situations.

We have lost a caring, expressive voice in the children's literature community. But her works will continue to speak for her and what she believed in. Our hearts are with Elsa's family.

Elsa was such a wonderful voice as a writer and humanitarian. She was a loving, caring colleague and so encouraged many of her fellow writers in Indiana. She will be very missed by our state and the greater community of children's book authors.

Dear Ramsay,

Amal and are deeply saddened by the news of Elsa's passing. It's a loss not only for our community but for many other marginalized ethnic or religious groups or causes Elsa has defended with courage and eloquence. . As an American Elsa represented the best of the qualities of what a true American means, and as a concerned writer, Elsa consistently sought to promote a better understanding of less known peoples and cultures. She will be missed in many ways by all who...

Dear Ramsay, Amahl and Raif,

I am both honored and blessed to have known your mother, and am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

Dear Ramsey, Amal and Raif,
I was deeply saddened to hear about your mother's death. She was an amazing person and I feel honored that I got to know her. Shortly after I moved to Bloomington, and started to look for ways to connect with other children's book people, she reached out to me and invited me to join the children's book writers critique group that she belonged to. Through her invitation to join her group, I met some wonderful people and I got to know Elsa. From the beginning I...

Dear Ramsey, Amal and Raif,
It was an honor and a pleasure to care for your amazing mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.