Norma Ella Harriman, a lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, passed away at the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault, on Mon., Jan. 28, 2013. She was 85.
Norma was born on Nov. 1, 1927. She was the daughter of Frank and Evah Merkley (nee Saddlemire). She was born at the family farm on Lightning Street. She was born prematurely, and was delivered by Dr. Locke. She was nurtured for the first few months by her paternal grandmother, Ella Merkley.
She grew up on the family farm with her elder sister, Joyce, and her younger sister, Virgie. She attended elementary school in a one room school on Lightning Street, SS #11, and secondary school at Morrisburg Collegiate Institute. After graduation, she worked as a waitress at Woods Restaurant in Williamsburg.
Norma and her family were devoted members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and it was there that she met her future husband, Emerson Harriman. They were married Nov. 24, 1945, and together they raised three children, Burrill, Brenda, and Craig. Other than one year spent on Emerson’s family farm at Riverside Heights, they lived their life together on the Merkley Farm on Lightning Street.
She always remained active at St. Peter’s. She taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Women (ELCW), and enjoyed being part of the ladies quilting group. She was actively involved in all church activities. Norma enjoyed socializing with her many long-time friends and neighbours. Always ready and willing to extend a “helping hand” to anyone.
Emerson and Norma took short trips, but their biggest trip was to visit Emerson’s family in California in 1968.
Unfortunately, on March 23, 1969, Emerson suddenly passed away; however, Norma and her family continued the farming operation. She enjoyed her grandchildren, Kelly, Kari, and Jodi, who spent plenty of time at Grandma’s house. She loved them greatly.
Both of Norma’s sisters, Joyce and Virgie, moved back into the Williamsburg area upon their retirement, and she really enjoyed their added companionship with many a visit and cups of tea.
Norma was a devoted mother and wife, and loved life on the farm. She was happy working in her kitchen making meals, and just as happy outside helping with barn chores and gardening. She loved her animals, always tending to the cows, the dog, the goat, and many cats.
Norma’s health began to fail in 2007, and subsequently, she became a resident at Woodland Villa in Long Sault.
She is survived by her children, Burrill of Williamsburg, Brenda (Gordon) Meek of Williamsburg, and Craig (Lauren) of Williamsburg, and her sister, Virgie (Bill) Kurschinski of Williamsburg. She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren, Kelly Meek, Kari Meek, and Jodi Thompson, and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Owen, Chloe, and Sawyer. She was predeceased by her husband, Emerson, and her sister, Joyce Patterson. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Wed., Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 pm. The funeral service was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg on Thurs., Jan. 31 at 11 am with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating, followed by interment at the New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were Ethan Meek, Owen Meek, Ian McGillis, Alan Casselman, Robert Whitteker, and Bruce Garlough.
Donations to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or the Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.