Elsie Mae ‘Dort’ Harman
McVEYTOWN – Elsie Mae “Dort” Harman, 74, of 1081 Big Greenbriar Road, McVeytown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a brief illness.
Born July 22, 1939, in Wayne Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Olive (Gill) Boozel.
She was united in marriage to William “Fred” Harman on July 22, 1967, at the Bruce Grove Farm. Mr. Harman survives at their home.
Mrs. Harman is survived by a daughter, Tracy Roles, and a granddaughter, Kylee Roles, both of McVeytown.
She is also survived by: sisters, Sylvia Beaver and Laura Aurand, both of Mount Union; brothers, Clair “Tom” Boozel and wife, Polly, Emil “Joe” Boozel, of McVeytown, Steven Boozel and wife, Nancy, of Kistler; and sisters-in law, Beverly Boozel, Bonnie Boozel, and Mary Boozel.
Several brothers and sisters-in-law from the Harman family survive, including Dorothy Emery, John and Wilma Harman, Harry and Sally Harman, Jesse Harman and Charles Harman, all of Mount Union.
Elsie was preceded in death by her siblings: Jack “John,” Roy, James, David, Norman, Harold and Margie Boozel and Helen (Boozel) Smith.
Known as Dort all of her life, she enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, bicycling and walking to visit her family and neighbors. She had many talents including cooking, canning, and butchering. In her teenage years and early 20s, she babysat for the Linn family of Newton Hamilton.
After marriage, Dort spent her entire life farming alongside her husband, growing fruits and vegetables. She won many blue ribbons at local fairs for her canning. Dort was always outside and could outwork most men. She enjoyed having farm animals and caring for them. Every spring she ordered peeps through the mail and they spent the first week in the house under a heat lamp, along with any runts of the litter born on the farm.
Dort loved listening to bluegrass, country and gospel music. For much of her life, music was playing in the house or coming from the radio set next to her in the field as she picked her crops. Dort was quick to offer a hug, a kiss and an “I love you” to anyone she knew and never held a grudge against anyone. The simplest things delighted her and she always hummed a little tune when she was content.
She worked hard and enjoyed life.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union, with Pastor Jerry Wise officiating.
Interment will be privately made by the family in the Newton Hamilton Cemetery, Newton Hamilton.
Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the funeral home, and from 9 to 11:30 a.m., on Monday. Due to his health, Mr. Harman will be attending the service only on Monday.