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 Mary Elizabeth “Betty” <I>Estell</I> Harris

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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Estell Harris

  • Birth 27 Nov 1927 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 2002 Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 43500988

Private memorial services for a member of a pioneer Rockdale family, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Harris, 74, were held at IOOF Cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, with Dr. Joe Weldon Bailey of Milano officiating. Mrs. Harris died Sunday, Jan. 12, in a Rockdale nursing facility.

She was born in Fort Worth to Hugh and Lucile Poole Estell. She moved to Rockdale at an early age and was reared and educated here and in Rodessa, LA. Mrs. Harris operated a private bookkeeping business after returning to Rockdale from Houston in 1976. She also operated a book store and was active in the crafts business. This latter activity made her known by many as "The Frog Lady." Those who knew her well knew her as a magical story teller. Mrs. Harris was a teacher at the MARC Center for several years before illness forced her retirement.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Hugh Harris; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Estell of Rockdale; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes Estell of Rockdale; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Poole of Rockdale.

Survivors are two sons and their spouses, Ken and Betty Harris of Dallas and Mike and Lorrie Harris of Cameron; two daughters and spouses, Dario and Judi Juarez of Fort Worth and Ray and Janette Cross of Broken Arrow, OK; a sister, Dr. Lucile Estell of Rockdale; and a daughter-in-law, Judith Harris of Houston.

She is also survived by grandchildren Shad Harris of Silver City, NM; Carol Harris of Silver City, NM; Seph and Tiffany Harris of Houston; Shane Harris, Jessica Harris and Timothy Rhodes Harris, all of Dallas; Jason Hubbert and Wendi Elizabeth Cross of Broken Arrow, OK; Isaac Hartiens of Austin; Erin Hartiens of Fort Worth; Michelle Harris and Samantha Harris, both of Cameron; Benjamin Juarez of Fort Worth; and a great-granddaughter, Kihana Elizabeth of Fort Worth.
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 24 Jan 2001
BeNotForgot (#46974545)


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  • Created by: Ed & Sue Anderson
  • Added: 24 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43500988
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Estell Harris (27 Nov 1927–12 Jan 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43500988, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ed & Sue Anderson (contributor 46739770) .