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Bettie L. Harris

January 25, 2012 • Obituaries

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EUGENE, Ore. — Longtime Roswell resident Bettie L. Harris, 88, of Eugene, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, of age-related illnesses. She was born Sept.1, 1923, in Gladstone. Bettie graduated from the University of Oregon and then went to Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a master’s degree in social work. She married Login to read more

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  1. Dan Hamill says:

    Bettie Harris was my friend.

    In 1968, I was a somewhat lost and very needy teenager who found my way into her living room as an artifact of my friendship with her daughters, Leslie and Lois. For the nearly two decades that followed, I would randomly appear on her doorstep. Never appearing inconvenienced, she received me as one of her own, always sending me away with a sense of her faith in me as a kid of worth and potential. As the decades passed, I remembered few adults who empowered me as much as she did.

    She, of course, was an educator. I have no idea how many of her students share my debt to her. As is common in a hurried age, I waited too late to let her know.

    Again, Bettie Harris was my friend. This troubled old world is diminished by her departure.

    Dr. Dan Hamill
    Houston, Texas

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