Elvira Isabelle Harris


April 13, 2023 | View PDF

Springfield, OR. Elvira “Ellie” Harris was bom March 14,1932 in East Barnum, Connecticut, and passed away in family arms on February 10,2023 in her Deerhom community home near the McKenzie River. She had valiantly fought reoccurring cancer and, towards last, a stroke resulting from cancer treatment.

Her life's adventures included being a spouse of a submariner and a respiratory therapist, plus a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Until retirement Ellie was a commercial actor, medical dietary technician, and owned a 1996-awarded McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce cottage industry, De’Ja ‘Vu Fashions, with its showroom and fashion shows.

She was active in Avon sales, American Cancer Society, and was a McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District Booster. Ellie was a gifted artisan and gardener. As a result her home and yard were always filled with beauty. She enjoyed golf and snowshoeing. Trips up and downriver were favorite weekly events. Her birthday and holiday gifts plus cheery notes, and her constant warmth and positive spirit, were guideposts for residents of the Deerhom Ranch Acres Community for years.

Ellie was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Harris, and a son Neil Harris; as well as her parents, Frederick and Elizabeth Graves; two brothers, Fred Graves and Robert Graves, as well as a sister, Betty Graves (Poitras).

She is survived by her spouse Conrad Brown, and his son Tyler Brown, spouse Shannon Brown, with three children and families; her son Gregory Harris and his three children with families; plus extended relatives and close friends.

Ellie was a daily example of practiced Beatitudes, finally passing her soul on to Jesus for eternal life. She would want all she loved to meet her again.


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