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Helen Margaret (Lyon) Harris

September 5, 2011 by

elen Margaret (Lyon) Harris, 85, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.
She was born Aug. 20, 1926 in Sacramento, Calif. to Helen Louise and William Darrell Lyon.
She attended Fremont Elementary and graduated from Sacramento Senior High School in 1944.  As a young woman she spent a summer working at a restaurant in Modoc County where she met her husband-to-be, Leland Harris.  After their wedding they moved to the small town of Willow Ranch, Calif.  and began raising their family.  She always remembered the times at Willow Ranch fondly. The relationships she made there lasted her entire life.   In addition to her other activities, she was a 50-year-member of the Order of The Eastern Star and a past Matron and District Deputy Grand Matron.
In 1961, Lee and Helen moved their young family to the Bay Area and continued to live and work there until 1983, when they retired to El Dorado Hills, Calif.  Helen was then able to do more traveling, gardening, bowling and to play a more active part in her grandchildren’s lives.  Helen doted on and nurtured the things that were important to her: family, friends and her cocker spaniels. Helen was very active up to the very end. She had just returned to Modoc County for the annual Labor-Day gathering of family and friends. Upon leaving she said, “I’ll be back next year.”
She was preceded in death by husband Leland Harris.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Sam Lyon and Dianne Harris of Valley Springs; daughter and son-in-law Linda and John Murphy of El Dorado Hills;  brother and sister-in-law John and Margaret Lyon; grandchildren Bryan and Matthew Harris, Jennifer Murphy, Brook Fuller and Tara Torrant; She was thrilled to be the great-grandmother to  Alec, Adam, Melissa, Kaitlin, Frank and Landon.

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