Helen Louise Harris, of Milton, Massachusetts transitioned to be with the creator on Saturday evening, October 15, 2022, after a long battle with health ailments and a happy life. Her daughter Patricia was at her side.
Helen was born on June 29, 1926, in Boston, Massachusetts to Walter Theodore Harris Sr. and Carrie Marceline (Walker) Harris who had moved to Boston from Wilmington, North Carolina to raise their family. Helen loved and raised her two children, Patricia and Roger in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Helen was known for her quick-witted personality and her generous spirit. She loved her family and made it a tradition to prepare and host weekly Sunday dinners for her beloved family members, as did her mother before her.
Helen was an avid collector of porcelain dolls and crystal figurines, and she loved to salt-water fish with her brothers and long time friend Bobby Lynch. Helen loved the sea, was passionate about traveling and enjoyed visiting Aruba and Martha’s Vineyard as two of her favorite destinations.
As a child, Helen attended the Boston Public Schools and later worked at Houghton Mifflin textbook publishers and Stone and Webster Engineering Company as Supervisor of their printing department until she retired.
After her retirement, she spent most of her time assisting to raise her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved them dearly and took great pride in their achievements.
Helen was one of eight children born to Walter and Carrie Harris. She is survived by two brothers and one sister, George Frederick Harris, Robert Ainsley Harris, and Charlene (Harris) Habersham-Bey, her daughter Patricia Anne Harris, her son Dr. Roger (Kevvy) Harris, daughter-in-law Dr. Cheryl Watson-Harris, eight grandchildren- Deborah Scott and husband Lorenzo Scott, Benita Harris, Ticia Deshotel and husband Naval Commander Mitchell Deshotel, Justin Harris and fiance Teyana Curran, Christina Harris, Matthew Harris, Lauren Harris, and Luke Harris. Along with her five great-grandchildren- Kayla, Kristin, Kaitlin, Kristopher, and Kacie. Nanny had many nieces and nephews who she loved and they loved her dearly. She was predeceased by her siblings, Thelma (Harris) Suarez, Dorothy (Harris) Huggins, Walter T. Harris Jr., and Charles E. Harris.
Whenever Helen was asked about the secret of longevity, Helen would always reply “my father used to tell me that it’s the first 100 years of life that are the toughest.”
She will be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM @ Riley-Antoine Funeral Home 171 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121
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