OBITUARY

Florence Lemire Harris

December 27, 1947May 2, 2021

Florence Lemire Harris, 73, of Keene, NH passed away comfortably at home surrounded by family after more than a decade living with Multiple Myeloma. From her earliest years, this blue-eyed girl was unflappably playful, kind, and positive. She saw the best in everyone and loved nothing more than to make others happy through her big-heartedness and to share their joy and laughter. She was superlatively patient, always laid back and much like her father, had a soft spot for the underdog. She approached her illness with an inspiring mix of optimism, faith, and grit, all of which sustained her through treatments and gave meaning to her days.

Florence was born and raised in Manchester, NH as the youngest of eight children in a large and caring family. She grew up in a bilingual household, proud of her French Canadian heritage and Catholic upbringing. She attended St Anthony’s Catholic School, Hallsville Elementary School and graduated from Memorial High School in 1966.

As newlyweds, she and her spouse Wayne moved to Jaffrey, where they made many friends and raised four children. While bringing up her children at home, she provided daycare to a small group of local children. She worked many years in customer service at Brookstone and SDE. In addition, she worked as an administrative assistant at N.H. Voc Tech Institute, Peerless Insurance and SAU 47. Recently the two moved to Keene, NH to be near immediate family.

Florence is survived by a devoted and loving family, especially her husband of 50 years, Wayne R. Harris, also of Keene, NH. She leaves behind four children and their spouses: Elizabeth and Paul McCormick of East Moriches, NY; Jeffrey W. Harris and Shelley Lynde Harris of Stafford, VA; Rebecca and Christian Sayan of Keene, NH; and Catherine V. Harris and Theodore Raviv of Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by three of her siblings: Helen Biron of West Newfield, ME as well as Jaqueline Brodeur and Jules Lemire of Manchester, NH. She also is survived by six grandchildren, Jonathan, Jordan, Lucas, Julianna, Jack, and Georgia, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Oliva and Oniva (Boisvert) Lemire, and siblings Priscilla Goupil, Ronald, Raymond, and Janette Lemire. In addition, she has many friends and former co-workers who will miss her laughter and smile.

The family thanks the many medical professionals and researchers who extended her life and the many unknown blood and platelet donors who made treatment possible. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Catholic Charities or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They also encourage you to consider donating blood and platelets if you are able.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH. Masks are required by city mandate and at the request of the family.

Committal prayers and entombment will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 am Mount Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester, NH. Those in attendance are required by the establishment to wear masks.

There will be a Celebration of Florence’s Life held this summer at a later date.

  • FAMILY

  • Wayne R. Harris, Husband
  • Elizabeth McCormick (Paul McCormick), Daughter
  • Jeffrey W. Harris (Shelley Lynde Harris), Son
  • Rebecca Sayan (Christian Sayan), Daughter
  • Catherine V. Harris (Theodore Raviv), Daughter
  • Helen Biron, Sibling
  • Jaqueline Brodeur, Sibling
  • Jules Lemire, Sibling
  • Oliva and Oniva (Boisvert) Lemire, Parents (deceased)
  • Priscilla Goupil, Sibling (deceased)
  • Ronald Lemire, Sibling (deceased)
  • Raymond Lemire, Sibling (deceased)
  • Janette Lemire, Sibling (deceased)
  • Florence is also survived by six grandchildren: Jonathan, Jordan, Lucas, Julianna, Jack, and Georgia, as well as many nieces, nephews, and many friends and former co-workers who will miss her laughter and smile.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Committal Prayers and Entombment

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

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Patricia Hanley

May 11, 2021

When I first started teaching at RMS, I looked to Wayne as a mentor. Through him, I was blessed to meet Flo. I was always surprised that she remembered my name when I would see them at Mrs. Murphy's, or Market Basket. She always had a big smile! Both your Mom and Dad made an impression on my life.

Ken Bournival

May 8, 2021

Dear cousin Wayne and children,
Flo was THE most positive person we ever knew! She was a wonderful wife and Mom to her family. We are saddened by your loss (and ours} and will keep you in our prayers.

With our love, Ken and Pat

Maureen Sheehan Hall

May 8, 2021

Wayne and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Florence’s passing. Remembering back to our homes on Maynard Ave and seeing you both TOGETHER! Love was in the air!
Our families had so many ties that gave us a SPECIAL CONNECTION. We are sending sympathies your way and know you are under a blanket of love ❤️ with family and friends close by.

Your Friends,
Maureen, Bill and Kevin

Laurie Lemire-Lemons

May 6, 2021

Dear Aunt Flossie you weren’t just my aunt you’re my godmother and a great one at that. You always made time for me as a child, I can remember many camping trips and sleepovers you and Uncle Wayne were always so kind. I will miss you with all my heart but I know you’re at peace now. I’m thankful that we got to have our long conversation this fall and I will treasure it always. You are an amazing example of how a human being should be which is kind compassionate and thoughtful. My father definitely knew what he was doing when he picked you to be my godmother. I am very sorry I wasn’t at your service last tonight I didn’t check the paper so I didn’t know but please know I was there in spirit. I will always miss and love you with all my heart.

Paul Berliner

May 5, 2021

To Wayne and family,

So sorry to learn of Flo's passing. I think of all those years living in Jaffrey across the street from you and Flo and the kids, and how many memories I have of Flo taking care of our kids, feeding the cats, watering the house plants, and what good neighbors you were.

You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul and Debby Berliner

Colleen Boudreau

May 5, 2021

Dear Wayne and family,
I know your hearts have been broken in the most painful way. Flo was such a lovely person; always a smile when we met. I'm sure you have some wonderful memories to hold dear in your heart. She will never be forgotten by all those who knew her. I'm so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you at this time.
Colleen Boudreau

Janet Pancoast

May 5, 2021

Dear brother Wayne and family.
We will miss Flo so much. Such a kind and loving soul. Always a joy to talk with and supportive of family and friends. We are all blessed to have known her. Love Janet and Jeff

Kathy Batchelder

May 4, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Flo. I hope that the love and joy you all shared together will help you through the days ahead. Flo was beautiful inside and out, radiated happiness to those around her and was always kind. She was so special. My thoughts are with all of you.

Helen Stone

May 4, 2021

I prayed for you at Mass on Saturday
I will miss you.
When doing a chore,
What would Flo do?
What is the shortest way to do it?
Always had time for tea and chit chat.
We laughed,
We shared ideas on everything.
Always smiling,
Always looking at the brighter side of life.
The holidays and events we shared: New Year's Eve, Ground Hog Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and many more just to enjoy our friendships!
We didn't need liquor to laugh till we cried when Flo was present!
Keep smiling!

Joanie (Sullivan)Flurey

May 4, 2021

Dear Wayne and family, Please accept my condolences for Flo’s passing. What a grand times we had at Memorial all the typical high school girl talks, antics, fun and treasured memories. My hope is that your family gets comfort thinking about Flo’s special and loving ways. With much sympathy, Joanie ( Sullivan) Flurey

FROM THE FAMILY