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Obituary for Helen Harris

Helen Harris
We honor and celebrate the beautiful memories of our cherished mother, yiayia, and great grandmother, Helen Harris, who passed away on Tuesday, (May 2, 2006) surrounded by her loving family. Her heart beat only with love: love for her husband Demos, love for her six children, love for her ten grandchildren, and love for her eleven (almost twelve) great grandchildren. That love is the glue that kept us together. Gathering family around the Sunday dinner table after church, and then sitting on the floor to play with each of her grandchildren was her greatest joy. Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1909, she immigrated to America during the Depression to begin a new life with her husband. They celebrated forty-four years of marriage before his death in 1973. Life wasn't easy, but her incredible strength, character, faith and spirituality were the foundation for the family. Her quick wit and sense of humor kept us laughing, and she was always there to make each success more joyful and each hurt less painful. We will dearly miss our beloved mother. She was an angel on earth, and she is now an angel in heaven. She leaves six loving children: Emanuel Harris, Milton Harris, Angela Zavras and her husband Nestor, Phi Andreas and her husband Mike, Melanie Yalanis, and Marilyn Yacavone and her husband Tom. She also leaves ten adored grandchildren: Michelle Parsons and her husband Tom, Aris Zavras and his wife Renee, Dana Kaplinski and her husband Tom, Elena Dulik and her husband Andy, Elise Andreas, Helen Harris-Prout, her husband Trevor and their baby on the way, Eleni Yalanis, Tamara Yacavone, Jason Yacavone and Dean Yalanis, and her precious eleven great grandchildren: Graham, Brynn and Laine Parsons, Eva, Grant and Faye Kaplinski, Daphne, Lola and Mimi Zavras, Julia and Andrew Dulik, and her niece and family in New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband Demos, two brothers, Stavros and Costa, a sister, Julia, and her son-in-law, Tom. Funeral and burial services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Donations in her memory may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114 or to a charity of the donor's choice. For on line expressions of sympathy please visit  

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