Theresa M. Harris

HOWLAND — Theresa “Tee Dee” Margaret Harris, 86, of Howland, gracefully passed from this life and into the loving arms of her beloved husband “Duke” on Monday, July 3, 2017, while at home, following a brief period of declining health.

Theresa was born Nov. 2, 1930, at home in Brookfield, a daughter to Frank and Sarah Stevens Burns.

A 1948 graduate of Brookfield High School, Theresa furthered her education by achieving the status of professional nurse by graduating from the school of nursing at Spenser Hospital of Meadville, Pa. in 1953, where the standard was nothing short of excellence. As a certified Registered Nurse, she worked private duty and for St. Joseph Warren Hospital for over 50 years, dedicated to her profession.

She married Melvin “Duke” R. Harris on June 25, 1955, and together they would spend the next 58 years together side by side, holding hands until he passed on Sept. 8, 2013.

She was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Vienna.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, ceramics, camping, fishing and traveling with her family in the Winnebago on vacations across both the U.S. and Canada.

Survivors include her children, Melvin R. “Bob” Harris Jr. of Howland and Theresa Ann (Ron) Riccadonna of Masury; her five grandsons, Ronnie and Mark Riccadonna, Ryan and Kyle Harris and Francis Miekeley-Harris; her three great-grandsons, Ryker, Axel and Duke; and her siblings, Pete Burns of Vienna, Tom Burns of Vernon, Joanne Wimer of Howland and Faithanne Santell of Masury.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Duke; and by her siblings, Francis, John and Joseph Burns, Sarah Baker, Mary Ritch and Jane Crepage.

A time of gathering in honor of Theresa will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, in the home of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, located on the historic village green at 379 state Route 7 SE, Brookfield. Her celebration continues with a funeral service 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Bazetta.

As suggested by her family, material contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in your area or to the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School of New Mexico, 25 Navarre Blvd. West, Thoreau, NM 87323.

Coordination of this tribute for Mrs. Harris will be presented by Daniel Briceland, owner and director, 330-509-3135.

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