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Obituary: Lucretia M. Harrison

Lucretia M. Harrison, 88 years of age, passed away quietly at her home on Oct. 4, 2009. She was the widow of Paul F. Harrison and of Samuel Bogen. She is survived by her four children, Margaret Ida Havens, Laura Lucretia MacDermott, Paul Theodore Harrison and Charles Frederick Harrison; and by 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Lucretia was born on May 5, 1921 in Toulon, IL, as the second of Ernst Otto Bacmeister and Rhoda Bridgman Warner’s three children. The family came to Port Washington when she was eight and she graduated from high school here. She returned upon her marriage, Aug. 30, 1946, to Port Washington native, Paul Franklin Harrison. The Harrisons built their own home at 99 Bayview Avenue and were founding members in the Beachway Estates Association and the Old Mitchell Farm Association. Lucretia was a Scout leader for her girls and her boys and after completing her master’s degree, she worked as a children’s librarian in Great Neck, Williston Park, and Hempstead Public Libraries. In later years she was involved in the Port Washington Historical Society and in coordinating the Public Library’s Opera Bus.

Lucretia was known all over the area as an excellent amateur violist who loved to play chamber music. She was a long-time member of the Music Study Club of Port Washington. She got her exercise working in her vegetable garden whose bounties helped feed her family – and later were shared in the neighborhood – and camping and hiking on the Appalachian Trail and in other outdoor venues. She was also a great reader and served with her husband as a Great Books Foundation discussion leader at the public library for many years.

Lucretia’s gradual decline since she fell in her apartment three years ago has been difficult for her, but has allowed family and friends an opportunity to draw closer to the lovely, independent lady she always was. Her beautiful music, healthy energy and active mind will be missed. A graveside service in her honor will be held Oct. 18, followed by visitation for friends and family from noon to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Port Harbor Condominiums, 372 Main St., Port Washington. In addition, the String Quartet Concert at 3 p.m. that day at the Port Washington Public Library will be dedicated in memory of her musical love.

In lieu of flowers, Lucretia suggested that donations in her memory might be made to the Port Washington Public Library Music Advisory Committee, the Great Books Foundation or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.