ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nancy Harris, 84, born on August 16, 1931 and passed away on July 3, 2016. We will remember her forever.

Posted by Linnea Lei on August 16, 2018
In memory of a wonderful lady. A loving mother and wife. A clever sense of humor and unique way of viewing the world. She is deeply missed.
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on August 16, 2017
I think of you everyday. I appreciate you so much! Happy Birthday Mom.
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on August 16, 2016
Happy Birthday Mom. All of the Crepe Myrtles are in bloom now. I know how much you loved them. We would always enjoy them on the road to Nags Head to celebrate your birthday. I remember so many things that you taught me. You are terribly missed. I love you!
Posted by Linnea Lei on July 10, 2016
I know of Nancy through her youngest child, Leslie. Leslie often spoke of her mother and how fun and loving she always was. Some of her witty sayings are now part of my memory too. Leslie loved her mother so much it was a privilege to recognize what a lovely person Nancy was.
Posted by Robert Scott on July 9, 2016
Nancy was my friend for 67 years, I will miss her. I am very proud to have played a part in her and her husband meeting and then spending over 59 years together and having a wonderful family. I met all their children on the first day they were born. They were loved by everybody especially me. Thanks Nancy.
Posted by Julia Donnelly on July 9, 2016
My grandmom helped me grow as a person. She inspired me to always learn more and make the most of every opportunity. She was a shinning example of how hard work pays off, and her example has helped me be a more tenacious worker. Beyond that she was kind understanding and an extremely loving person. I miss her already.
Posted by Bernard Katz on July 9, 2016
I know this is a tribute to Nancy. But somehow I think of her with Buddy. I first met them when they had the shop on H St., NW, 3rd floor–and as the FBI bldg. was going up, they “vacated” to New York Ave. Nancy was unassuming–but I dare say she had a will of iron. We talked some about books–she liked detective novels and steered me to some of her favorite authors.
  As I got to know them, a number of times they would have dinner at the Market Inn on I st., sw (I lived at the time at 4th and N)–and she’d call me and I’d meet them there. Sometimes, when they had built the apt. on the 3rd floor of the NY Ave. Bldg., she would invite me over for a “healthy meal” and we’d spend a pleasant evening together.
  She was certainly an equal partner in the business and spent her time working with Buddy, and bringing up the children at the same time.
  I remember sitting on the back porch at their home in Dunkirk, and we’d sip cool drinks, while Buddy “massaged” the backyard grass. (Buddy and I would have played some tennis at the nearby courts.) I don’t think Nancy was some one who would give her friendship to many people, and somehow I feel in awe that we were friends.
  So many vivid memories. So sad a loss.
  ==Bernie Katz
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on July 7, 2016
Eighty-four years have these eyes beheld the
changing scene of autumn
At last I am leaving
in blue skies,
a summer sun
pure is my heart
Posted by Al Rizzo on July 7, 2016
May the memory of a lovely woman stay in your hearts forever. I'm glad I got the honor of knowing her even for a short while.
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on July 7, 2016
My mother was soft spoken, smart, and witty.  Most importantly, she would listen, she would always listen. I could talk to her about anything. She never judged. She was practical and always had sage advice. I feel so fortunate that she was my mother. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she knew how to have a good time. She was my best friend. She taught me to laugh at myself. She was a kind, generous, loving woman and an amazing role model. Thank you Mom. I will always miss you, I will always love you.  
Posted by Katie Luskey on July 7, 2016
It is with deep sadness we hear of your Mothers passing. Our hearts are with you and your family. Sending you peace, love and light.
Katie and Skeet

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Posted by Linnea Lei on August 16, 2018
In memory of a wonderful lady. A loving mother and wife. A clever sense of humor and unique way of viewing the world. She is deeply missed.
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on August 16, 2017
I think of you everyday. I appreciate you so much! Happy Birthday Mom.
Posted by Leslie Donnelly on August 16, 2016
Happy Birthday Mom. All of the Crepe Myrtles are in bloom now. I know how much you loved them. We would always enjoy them on the road to Nags Head to celebrate your birthday. I remember so many things that you taught me. You are terribly missed. I love you!
Recent stories

Which version do you want?

Shared by Leslie Donnelly on August 16, 2018

My mother had a wonderful wit.  I am reminded daily of the genuine way she looked at life.  When I would ask her, "how are you?"  She would smile and say, "Do you want the two-minute version, the half-hour-version or the hour long version?"  Every time someone asks me how I am, I think of my mother and how very funny and entertaining she was.  Happy Birthday Mom, I hope you are still laughing at life.

The Talkative Housekeeper

Shared by Leslie Donnelly on July 7, 2016

When my children were younger, and I had a full-time home office, I had a housekeeper who would come to clean once a week.  Every single week she had some sad story to tell me about either her health, her children, her work, etc. etc.  I always tried to avoid her when she was there.  One day my mother was visiting when the housekeeper came. As usual, the housekeeper started talking about her various woes.  My mother interrupted her and said: "Well . . . we all have our problems.  Right now, Leslie's problem is that she needs her house cleaned".  For the first time ever, the housekeeper went silent, and did her job without drama--it was hilarious.

"Gentleman Caller"

Shared by Leslie Donnelly on July 7, 2016

My mother was an old fashioned Southern Lady.  She referred to guests who were boys as "gentlemen callers".  When I was sixteen, I had a date with a boy.  I was thrilled that he had asked me out.  I was upstairs in my room getting ready when I heard the doorbell ring.  When I came down the stairs my mother was sitting there reading a book, and my date was no where to be found.  I asked my mother where he was.  She replied "Oh, you would not have believed how he was dressed!  He had on a white t-shirt with stains on the front!  I asked him if he was calling on my daughter in that shirt.  I assume he went home to change." I felt a mixture of anger, embarrassment and severe disappointment.  My mother said, "Hopefully, he will come back dressed more appropriately, and if not, well, no big loss".  Sure enough, fifteen minutes later, my date appeared at the front door wearing a botton down dress shirt, with the price tag hanging in the back collar!--lol