GILMANTON — Elizabeth Jane (Waterson) Harms, 91, of 205 Sargent Road, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 in her home.
Mrs. Harms was born June 4, 1922 in New York, the daughter of the late Henry and Pauline Waterson. She was the wife of John G. Harms, who predeceased her.
During WWII, when her husband was missing in action after parachuting out of his B-17 over France, Betty faithfully held to the knowledge that he would return home to her.
He did 8 months later.
Mrs. Harms was a resident of Temple Terrace, Florida before moving to Gilmanton. Betty was a member of the Gilmanton Community Church and was a former member of the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an awesome scrabble player. She had a fund of knowledge about so many things and was the family historian. Betty was an avid Corgi dog lover.
Survivors include her son, John G. Harms, Jr. of Lemont, Penn.; her daughter, Barbara D. Reed, of Gilmanton; seven grandchildren, Christopher Harms, Danielle Harms, Carmen Lorentz, CarrieAnn Pauliukonis, Courtenay Harms, Christopher Halla and Tyler Reed; two great grandchildren, numerous loving nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Jilly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harms was predeceased by her husband, John G. Harms in 2007, her brothers, Raymond Waterson and Edwin Waterson and her sisters, Norrine Betjemann, Audrey Geartner and F. Margaret McGreevey.
Family calling hours will be held.
A Funeral Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Gilmanton Community Church, Gilmanton Corners location, Rte 107 & Rte 140 Gilmanton, NH. A pot luck reception will follow. Burial will be privately held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.