Ethel S. ‘Sue’ Harris
But known to her friends as Sue, her story starts off as the daughter of a monument maker in Ashland, Pa. She had four siblings which she enjoyed her time with in Pennsylvania every summer at her cabin.
Mom left Ashland at the age of 17 to go to the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in 1947 and became an RN. She met her husband, A.W. and followed him to her job as a nurse at the University of Maine Infirmary where he was on the G.I. Bill attending school. They married and had two children, Robert and Andy. A.W.’s first job was as a boat captain and yard manager in Bass River, Mass. My father took his degree and moved his family to Morrestown, N.J., where he worked for RCA and GE. Ethel moved to Florida with her children and her husband in 1963 where they raised their two boys, Robert and Andy. She worked as a nurse at the Peninsula Medical Center in Ormond Beach.
She had many interests and they enjoyed an active life traveling, scuba diving, taking boat adventures, trips to Europe and always enjoying time with her siblings, Jean Fetterman and Uncle Ditter at their cabins in Pennsylvania. She had another brother, Myron, who had the misfortune to roll the monument truck and she has missed him terribly.
She had many friends and enjoyed going to boat club meetings, GE wives’ lunches and went to T.O.P.S. regularly.
She had three grandchildren that she leaves behind: Erin Harris, Kaitlin Harris and her grandson whose memory she held so close, Robert Harris, who predeceased her, after his accident on the railroad tressle over the Tomoka River.
She was healthy and active and when I picked her up at the airport, the first thing she wanted to do was go get a new dive mask, because hers leaked. She threw a New Year’s Eve party for her sons at which we had a wonderful time. She came down with pneumonia the next day, and after a short stay at Hospice, she passed on Monday holding the hands of her sons.
This story as seen from the eyes of her eldest son, Robert. She wanted to invite all who wants to attend a Celebration of Life in Pennsylvania at her cabin on the creek on June 30, 2018.
Submitted by family.