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Harriet M. Leary

February 29, 1920 — February 28, 2003

Harriet M. Leary, 83, 7446 McLiver Drive, Plymouth, died of natural causes after an extended illness, at 10:35 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2003 , in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home. Harriet had been a Plymouth resident since 1968, coming from Byron, Ill. She and her husband Clyde also enjoyed winters in Avon Park , Florida and the Mesa / Yuma areas of Arizona . Born on February 29, 1920 , in Fishtail, Montana , she was the daughter of George and Edna P. Hudson Lannen. She attended schools in Absorake , Mont. , and graduated from Fallon Nevada High School and beauty college in Reno , Nev. On October 14, 1953 , in Fallon , Nev. , Harriet and Clyde M. Leary were married. Her chief vocation was that of a homemaker. Prior to their move to Plymouth , Harriet operated two floral shoppes in Illinois from 1958-64. Following their move, she had worked for a time with Bosworth’s Ladies Apparel and Felke Florist. Harriet loved art and was an accomplished oil painter, specializing in all types of scapes. A member of Heartland Artists, she also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and sewing. More than anything else, she was devoted to her grand and great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed. A member of the First Presbyterian Church she was a former member of the Lakeview Home Economics Club. Harriet also enjoyed golf and was a member of the Tri-Way Ladies Golf League. Harriet is survived by Clyde, her husband of 49 years, their three sons, a daughter and their families. Her sons are: Gary P. (Judy) Leary, Torrance, Calif., and their children, Candy (Garth) Messer, Glendale, Calif., and Christopher (Kristin) Leary, League City, Texas; Ian D. Leary, Byron, Ill., and his children, Michelle and Steven Leary, Bryon, Ill.; Edward William (Jennifer) Leary and their sons, Edward and Patrick Leary, all of Plymouth, Ind. Her daughter is Cheri (Larry) Sheaks, Albion , Ind. and their sons, Matthew, of Meadow, TX and William Sheaks and daughters, Cassandra and Caitlin Sheaks, all of Albion , Ind. 6 Great-grandchildren also survive. Three brothers, Raymond Lannen of Fallon , Nev. , Lyle Lannen of Hungerford , Texas and Walter Lannen of Jacksonville , Fla. , also survive together with four sisters. The sisters are: Anna Kitchin, Crestin, British Columbia; Pauline Riorden, Elco, Nev.; Felicita Amaral, Washington, D.C.; and Charlotte Williams of Las Vegas, Nev. Harriet was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Avis Demming. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 , from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St. , Plymouth . The Rev. Charles Krieg, pastor of the Salem United Methodist Church, Bremen will officiate at funeral services for Harriet on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 , at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in New Oakhill Cemetery , Plymouth . Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or American Macular Degeneration Foundation P.O. Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515.
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