Lillian Harris

Lillian Jeanne Harris, 92, sweetly left this world on Sunday, January 27, 2019, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

She was born on August 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Mary (McCartney) and Ephraim P. Smith. She had one sibling, her beloved sister, Mary Jane.

Lillian earned a baccalaureate in nursing from Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, and a masters in guidance and counseling from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.

Her lifelong career in nursing included private duty, hospital, school nurse, teaching in nursing aide and LPN programs, nursing home administration, and retirement from the quality assurance program at Ruby Memorial Hospital at WVU in Morgantown, WV.

She later raised her four children alongside Mary Jane and Robert "Buzz" Duncan's family, where they together raised their nine children on the Summit Mountain above Uniontown, PA. In 1969, she moved her family to Morgantown.

Upon retirement in 1994, she moved to live with her daughter, Sally and husband, Doug, in Fayetteville, WV, where she enjoyed rich relationships with her church family at Fayetteville Baptist. In 2012, she moved with Sally and Doug's family to Lewisburg, WV, where she lived out her days.

She never met a stranger and worked tirelessly to help those in need. She was blessed with an enormous heart, the gift of gab, a sense of adventure, and loved traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her beautiful life was full and well spent.

Lillian Jeanne is preceded in death by Mary Jane and Robert Duncan; her daughter-in-law, Diane Harris; and daughter, Marsha Jeanne.

She is survived by her loving children, Les Harris, Sally Hurst (Doug), Jim Harris (Paula), and Tom Harris; grandchildren, Jesse and Emilee Harris, Isaac and Mary Hurst, Josie Martin, Kelsie and Hannah Harris, and Katy Harris; along with great-grandchildren, Marten Fallstad, Adaline Harris-Estep, and her namesake, Lillian, who is due in May.

The family gratefully acknowledges the caring staff at The Brier and the Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901, where donations will be accepted in her honor.

Arrangements are being made for a memorial at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg for Saturday February 2, 2019, with visitation at 1 p.m., and a celebration service at 2 p.m.

The family will host a meal immediately following, and welcomes all to join them at The Barn at Montwell Commons in Lewisburg immediately following.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary originally published in the January 29, 2019 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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