Helen Harris of West Hyannisport died on August 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Howard Harris of Randolph, her brothers Frank and Richard and her grandniece, Kelsey of Tustin, California. She is survived by her niece Holly Harris (Richard Renn) of Nebraska and nephew Frank (Bridget) Harris and their children (Erin, Ryan, Nolan and Mark) of California and her beloved dogs Benson and Foxy, who now give joy to new forever homes.
Helen was raised in Randolph and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston. While in college, she participated in an exchange program to Guatemala, which she recalled with fondness. She served as a Barnstable Town Councilor during the mid-1980’s and as a founding Trustee of the Seaside Park Association.
Helen taught history at Randolph High School and criminal justice at Massasoit Community College and also tutored many in piano and organ. She started a consumer advocate service in the 1970’s, which she maintained for approximately ten years. She was committed to sharing her knowledge of criminal justice and offered several seminars for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.
Helen purchased a home in Seaside Park in the late 1960’s. She was dedicated to both parents as they aged and moved to live with her. During this time, Helen met Joan Donovan and they formed a committed and loving bond lasting until Joan’s death in 2008. “We never ran out of love, we only ran out of time.”
Helen was a generous, loyal and caring friend who would deliver photo books to friends or neighbors to remember a special event, and thoughtful packages for a special occasion. She was working on a photo memory package for her Emmanuel classmates during the last few months of her life. She also rescued several dogs and cats, showering them all with affection and treats.
The family wants to thank Susan, Melissa, Elaine, Trish, Judy, Cecile, Billie, George, Dot, Frank, Sharon, Elaine and Chris. There were others, too, whose names are not known who watched over Helen during her final years – the postmistress, the wait staff at Craigville Pizza and Mexican – we thank them all for their kindness. Many thanks to the staff of Wingate Brewster, Harbor Point Centerville, Hope Hospice and Guided Living for their understanding and care.
Visiting hours are scheduled for September 8 from 4-6pm at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory in Centerville at 10am on Saturday, September 9 with burial to follow at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit.
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