OBITUARY

Patricia Smith Harris

October 1, 1940March 14, 2021
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Patricia Smith Harris, 80, of Odessa passed away on March 14th at her home.

Patricia was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Clarence and Margaret Smith on October 1, 1940. She spent time in both Jackson and Camden growing up, the oldest of 4 children. After attending Auburn University, she married Richard Martin Harris on December 27th, 1962 in her hometown of Camden, Alabama. Patricia was very involved in the Master Gardeners and spent as much time in her garden as she could manage. She was a member of a Bridge club and an avid traveler having visited all 7 continents. Most of all, Pat loved baking and playing board games with her grandchildren.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Martin Harris, and her son, Steven Martin Harris.

Patricia is survived by her daughters, Melanie Mugford and Kathryn Newmeyer, her son-in-law, Peter Newmeyer, and daughter-in-law, Mirian Harris. She is also survived by her siblings, Amelia Moore, White Smith, Daniel Smith and 7 grandchildren Hannah, Penelope, Duncan, Daniel, Savannah, Mason and Richard.

Memorial service will be held at Blount and Curry Carrollwood on April 10, 2021. Service at 3:00 with visitation at 2:00.

The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to HPH Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Parks https://www.nationalparks.org/ or The Florida Wildlife Federation https://floridawildlifefederation.org/

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Lindy Sanchez

April 4, 2021

Our dearly beloved Pat Harris!
We are so saddened at the loss of a beautiful Master Garden Saint! You touched so many lives with your no-nonsense nature, loving spirit, and beautiful soul. We miss you, Pat! Rest in peace in God's Heavenly Garden. Love & Sympathy, Lindy & Gil Sanchez

DARRY D Eggleston

March 30, 2021

There are three things I look for in a fellow Master Gardener Volunteer: Vision, commitment, and attitude. Pat Harris had them all.
There must be a vision about what a garden will look like when you are working on it. Note that I did not say when you are finished with it because a true gardener is never, ever really finished with her garden.
Once envisioned, one must be committed to work on it continually. Likewise, a Master Gardener Volunteer must be committed to honing her craft and the ever-changing knowledge of gardening.
Finally, she must have a can-do attitude. Pat's let's-get-it-done attitude was infectious. She could turn a small group into a team by sharing the three aptitudes mentioned above.
Working with her was one of the greatest joys of my life. She was a credit to the Master Gardener program, to our team, and to herself.
Her untimely death reminds me of an adage my Daddy used to quote: "Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come."
Rest in peace, Master Gardener. You have earned it.
Be great,
Darry D

Pamela Shives

March 29, 2021

I enjoyed so much working with Pat in so many gardening work days and trips to her home garden.

I will never forget her help when my cat took to the top of a tall oak tree. Nothing could encourage her to come down. I even reached out to our local fire station (they don't do that anymore), the whole neighborhood could hear her crying, little children would come to the house and tell us our cat was in the tree .. this went on for days -- the guys tried to figure out how to get a ladder or board to reach from out roof top to where she was.

I finally called my tree trimmer and asked if he would send one of his guys by and he said he would be by in the morning .

Then it occurred to me to call my dear "cat lady " friend Pat. She laughed and said not to worry -- cats do that and when THEY are ready they will simply come down on their own ! What a comfort..

The next morning my husband was leaving and came back into the house and said -- guess who is sitting in the drive way ? Of course it was our cat who finally decided she was ready to give up her hunger strike !!

Vini Krufka

March 21, 2021

Pat was loved by all. I was privileged to know Pat as a fellow Master Gardener. I’m saddened by your loss. What a beautiful person we had in Pat!

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