MILO – Laurel Ellison Harris, 63, died very unexpectedly Sunday, June 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 8, 1946, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Dean) Ellison. Laurel was employed at Dexter Shoe for several years and then became a waitress for various restaurants in town. Laurel’s personality was one that made her a lot of friends, in town and out. She knew her customers so well that most of them would wait to be seated in her section. Laurel’s work ethic was one to be proud of and was passed down to her children. She instilled in them the importance of helping others, doing right and working for what you received. Not only did her children benefit from this life lesson, so did a lot of others, including her brothers and sister. Laurel was a member of Milo Fireman’s Auxiliary, Secret Santa and Three Rivers Kiwanis, where for the past two years she took great pride in the sale of the birthday calendar. Laurel was a dedicated volunteer for the recreation department snack shack. Laurel’s family considered her their rock. Anything that needed to be done for anyone – family or friends was done with love and compassion. She was a true friend and a gift to everyone’s lives she touched. Laurel was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Maurice Hall; her husband, Murrel Harris; and brothers, John Henry and Thomas Dean Ellison. She is survived by three brothers, Dougie and his wife, Mona, of Greene, Bobby and his wife, Tanya, of Medford and Louie and his wife, Lori, of Milo; one sister, Lana of Milo; two daughters, Laurie Cates and her husband, Scott, of Old Town and Tina Vanidestine and her husband, Ed, of Brewer; two sons, Lance Harris of Holden and Michael Harris and his fianc?e, Kelly, of Milo; two stepsons, Ryan Harris and his wife, Karen, of Bangor and Reid Harris and his wife, Cris, of Henniker, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Kristin, Jacob, Alyssa, Kendall, Aiden, Grady and Lauren; mother-in-law, Nathalie Harris of Milo; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She will greatly be missed by Kelly York, Sheila Ellis, Val Robertson and her special sister, Lana. Friends are invited to call 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo. A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 25, at Milo Baptist Church with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Laurel will be laid to rest along with her husband, Murrel. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Murrel Harris Memorial Fund, care of Maine Savings FCU, P.O. Box 447, Milo, ME 04463. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
LAUREL ELLISON HARRIS
Posted June 22, 2010, at 7:18 p.m.