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January 1, 1970 - April 30, 2005
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Framingham – Lydia L. (Misuna) Harris, 92, formerly of Hopkinton, died Saturday, April 30, 2005 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham after a long, vibrant life that was distinguished by her wholehearted support for her family and friends.
Born in New York City, the daughter of John and Rose Misuna, Mrs. Harris attended Fordham University, taught in a Catholic elementary school and attended St. Raymond’s Church. She was the wife of Theodore P. Harris, who died in 1985 after 49 years of marriage. After raising their family the couple retired to Hillside Lake, New York and later to North Port, Florida where they attend St. Pedro Church and made many new friends.
She raised three children who loved her greatly; Rosemary L. Abate of Hopkinton, Virginia H. Bartot of Chicago and Theodore P. Harris, Jr. of Washington, DC. Mrs. Harris regarded the husbands of her daughters, Robert L. Abate and Morris N. Bartot as her own sons.
She lavished attention on her six grandchildren: Jennifer Abate of Millis, Gregory Abate of Upton, James T. Bartot of Seattle, Washington, Amy L. Williams of Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth B. Wallace of Chicago, Illinois and Christopher b. Bartot of Huntley, Illinois. She had the innate ability to focus in on the distinctive personalities and interests of each of her grandchildren, and treating them like very special “little people” during their formative years.
In 1990, Mrs. Harris returned to the northeast, moving to Brampton Circle in Hopkinton to be closer to her eldest daughter. She entered St. Patrick’s Manor in 2003 and was soon referring to it as “home”, thanks to the kindness and compassion of staff and Carmelite Sisters.
Mrs. Harris was known for her personal warmth and the artistic creativity she brought to her homemaking, cooking and needlework throughout her life. She crocheted each family member a special afghan, and the meals she prepared were always tasty, colorful and nutritious. She taught her grandchildren how to crochet, embroider, knit, fish, cook and garden. Her desire to give to others didn’t stop even as she grew older. She hand crocheted a beautiful Christening blanket for a great-grandson at the age of 90.
Her loyalty to others in times of trouble was strengthened by her dedication to the Virgin Mary and the recitation of the rosary. Mrs. Harris leaves her three children, six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews around the country. She was predeceased by her sisters Stephanie McCarthy, Frances Schulte, and Blanche Knott.
A memorial mass will be held at the Holy Family Chapel, St. Patrick’s Manor on Friday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. A visiting period will be held at St. Patrick’s prior to the mass.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to either St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham, MA or to the Friends of Hopkinton Senior Citizens, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.