OBITUARY

Muriel Wilma Harrington

11 July, 192317 March, 2021

Well done my good, spunky and faithful servant. Enter into your rest. The five generations of nieces and nephews of Muriel Wilma Harrington are sad to announce our aunts peaceful passing on March 17, 2021 in her 98th year. Surrounded by three generations she closed her eyes on earth and opened them in heaven. Our aunt lived an incredible life that was filled with Christian service, love, and generosity. At the age of 27 she answered God’s call on her life to be a missionary in Bolivia South America. In her 40 years of service there she learned the Spanish language then went on taught music and English and worked at a Christian Radio station and touched countless lives. She loved to tell her family her stories and will be remembered for her bible and Spanish trivia questions. Upon returning to Canada she resided in Brantford. She got her licence for the first time and enjoyed the freedom that gave her. She enjoyed being able to travel to Nova Scotia on a few occasions to see her nieces and nephews and families that reside there. She filled her days with various faith activities including praying from a prayer list that had many names on it, and was an active member of First Baptist Church and sang alto in the choir. She was a member of Canadian Baptist Women, First Baptist Mission Circle and the United Empire Loyalist. She loved being with family and hearing their stories. She was a big part of the lives of Jack and Marcie Harrington, Patty and John Attwell, and Sandy, Jamie, Emily, Cassandra, Levi and Emma Werkman and fondly remembered by Don Werkman. Her presence in our lives with be greatly missed. She will also be missed by many friends throughout North and South America. Visitation will be held at Thorpe Brothers’ Funeral Home (96 West St., Brantford) on Saturday, March 20 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. directly followed by a celebration of Muriel’s life in the Thorpe Suite. For those planning to attend, please RSVP by phoning (519) 759-2211. In keeping with Aunt Muriel’s legacy donations of non-perishable food items for the First Baptist Church Food Cupboard can be placed in a box at the funeral prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to Sandy Werkman c/o First Baptist Church, 70 West St. Brantford, ON N3T 2E7, or left below.

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Fred & Elizabeth Demaray

20 March 2021

To the family of Muriel Harrington: Elizabeth and I want to send our condolences to you in this time of loss. Elizabeth knew Muriel from her time in Bolivia (1969-71) with the Canadian Baptist Mission Corps. She remembers her friendliness and interest. When we moved to Brantford, where I pastored First Baptist Church, in 1988, Muriel contacted us and we renewed friendship then. When Park Baptist closed, Muriel became one of my congregation, and was a most supportive member. Her smile made everyone's day. Her humour was enjoyed by all. Her care and support of others was a strong model for others. And her presence in the choir was greatly appreciated. One of the last of the Senoritas, she will be missed.

Laura MacLean

20 March 2021

When I think of cousin Muriel Harrington, I think of her smile, her annual typed letter of the year's events, being Church & family, along with a personal note that showed such caring, giving & love. I was connected to Muriel, Patty & Sandy through the Baptist church. I started compiling our family tree in 2001 . My dear Mum Ruth Harrington told me about her memory of her cousin Muriel, daughter of Charles Harrington, with beautiful red hair, a missionary of the Baptist church, in the Brantford area. I found the obituary of Charles, which stated that Muriel was living in Oruro, Bolivia. I called the Baptist church in Brantford & was delighted to hear that Muriel was active in the church, resulting in a reunion of cousins, after 70 years apart! She was a central part of many Harrington reunions, sharing her love of Bolivia, her Spanish lessons:), her author & novel suggestions & her family stories. She was my family reporter & friend. Her memory, even at age 97 was incredible. What a brave & dedicated young woman to go to serve in a foreign country. We were blessed to have known her. She will be missed.
Descansa en Paz- Rest in Peace.
Laura MacLean & Family

Rev Jim Wencel

19 March 2021

Muriel was a very important member on the Canadian Bible Society Branch of Brant County and Brantford. She was our special Spanish connection to the Off Shore Workers Group,. The Branch Team through Muriel made many Spanish Bibles avaiable to the Workers. Over the past 16 years, at the annual Proclamation Readng of God's Word events, we could always count on Mureil to read a segment in Spanish and tell a story of her missionary experiences.
She has now received God's great reward, wings to sour high with God thorugh the Savour Jesus Christ.

Rev JIm Wencel and the Members of Brantford Branch of the Canadiam Bible Society.

Gunter and Reinhilde Rochow

19 March 2021

Muriel Harrington was a wonderful and cherished senior colleague when we were on the CBM field staff in Bolivia with her and continued to be a sincere friend for almost half a century thereafter. Ominously, the return of our last letter to her reached us on the very day of her death. We shall always fondly remember her and her ministry.
Gunter and Reinhilde Rochow

Allan and Lynnda Burr

18 March 2021

To the family of Muriel Harrington, Lynnda and I offer our sincere sympathy, love and prayers. Muriel was one of those people one never forgot. She always seemed to know Lynnda and myself when ever we would meet her at some Baptist event. Yes Muriel was a Baptist but she was a Christian First and had a deep love of her Lord Jesus who was her Saviour! Always there was a kind word from Muriel as well how was everyone doing. She would ask after our family even though she could not remember their names (well we all have that problem I am sure) and what were they doing. It seemed she was always on the go and doing some service for her Lord. Muriel was a missionary who made the work sound so interesting and exciting. Always she had a good report.
Well now she has reported home and is with her Lord and I am sure with many friends and it must be some conversation and reunion. Blessings to you all.
Lynnda and Allan Burr

Brenda Mann

18 March 2021

It was sharing 24 hours in a hospital room in LaPaz, Bolivia in 1998 - where Muriel, the beloved missionary returning for the 100th Anniversary Celebration, and myself, the 20 year younger woman, learned more about our mission work and life in Bolivia than you could blink at! Muriel was getting her medication adjusted and I was receiving oxygen for altitude sickness. Whenever I opened my eyes another story would be shared! It was a bonding of 2 women that was fondly relived every time we met at a Baptist gathering! Thank you Muriel for translating for me in that hospital room and sharing your love for Bolivia and Jesus in a way I will never forget.❤️ 🇧🇴 ❤️
( I’m just imagining the fun, heavenly reunion Muriel is having right now with family, missionaries and Bolivian friends!)

Lourdes Salazar

17 March 2021

Paz y Consuelo a toda la familia Harrigton. Siempre he escuchado de ella sobre el trabajo realizado en Bolivia. 🇧🇴 Gracias Muriel por haber impulsado la labor misionera.

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