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By John Tucker

Lisa Harris, 58, Wellsville


Lisa Harris, 58, passed away in Wellsville on Tuesday (December 13, 2022).

Lisa was born on October 15, 1964 in Manhattan. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan in 1982. Early in life, Lisa was a telephone operator, enjoying her work on private celebrity phone lines. She also worked in hotel management at Marriott in the hospitality industry. She concluded her career by working in medical records at Booth Memorial Hospital in Queens. On November 29, 2013, Lisa married the love of her life, John H. Howe, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2019.

Lisa is survived by her sister-in-law, Louise Howe of Middle Village.

Along with her husband of nine years, Lisa was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Walter and Thelma Harris.

Lisa was a devoted wife, who selflessly cared for John throughout his illnesses.

Lisa had a deep love for the Lord and was part of prayer teams at her church. Alongside her husband, she attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help others who struggled, wanting to lift up those who needed it most.

n 2001, Lisa worked at the Marriott Hotel located at Ground Zero in Manhattan. On September 11, an unusual incident at home caused her to have to call off work that day sparing her from that traumatic event. Lisa viewed this as an act of love from God to her.

She had the gift of encouragement and never missed an opportunity to inspire someone. Lisa had a heart for volunteering, even when she was a resident in the nursing home undergoing rehab. If there was any chance to cheer up another patient, she took it.

Lisa had a creative side, making jewelry that was frequently gifted to others. She found joy in painting even though she was seldom satisfied with the end result.

Visitation will be held on Monday (December 19) from 12-1 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. The memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following visitation with Rev. Marc Chamberlain of Genesis Bible Church officiating. Burial will take place at Alfred Rural Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Lisa’s name may be made to Narcotics Anonymous, PO Box 9999 Van Nuys, CA 91409. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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