Ellen Key Harris-Braun

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French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home
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Chatham, NY

Harris-Braun, Ellen Key EAST CHATHAM Ellen Key Harris-Braun, 50, of East Chatham, died at home on Friday, October 28, 2016. Born in Atlanta, she attended high school in Rochester, and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University. Ellen was a certified professional midwife and attended home births in Massachusetts and New York, working with River and Mountain Midwives and Local Care Midwifery. Her love of words and her sharp wit were relished by friends and family, as evinced in her blog, World of the Sick/ World of the Well, an account of her illness that is at once informative and, almost to the end, a delight to read (ellen.harris-braun.com). Ellen is survived by her husband, Eric Harris-Braun; and children, William and Jesse; her mother, Kathryn Key Montgomery of New Orleans; her siblings, Anne Montgomery Hunter of San Francisco, Debra S. Hunter of San Rafael, Calif., Lisa M. Hunter of Madison, Wis., James Paul Hunter of Atlanta; and their father, James Paul Hunter of Charlottesville, Va.; her step-mother, Laurie Randolph Barili Harris of Atlanta; her brother and sister-in-law Jens and Spee Braun; ten Harris cousins; and beloved members of the Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan. Her father, David Jesse Harris of Atlanta, preceded her in death. Her family and friends are grateful to the helping circles that have sustained them and to Rufus Collea, M.D., Elizabeth Hanlon, R.N., and Jeffrey Arp-Sandel, M.D. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, in the Old Chatham Quaker Meeting House. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ellen Key Harris-Braun Research Fund at the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery foundationformidwifery.org Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 4, 2016
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