Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:02 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sylvia Harris

July 9, 1945 May 20, 2012

Homer resident Sylvia Harris, 66, died peacefully Sunday, May 20, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital after several years of failing health.

Services will be held at a later date.

Sylvia was born July 9, 1945, in Louisiana. She moved to Homer with her husband, Don Harris, in 1984 to open a construction company. They bought land on East End Road, built their home and opened their business. Mr. Harris suffered a fatal heart attack in 1988 while at work.

She became a night manager for Uncle Thirstys and then worked for Kachemak Gear Shed for the next several years.

After the death of her husband, she devoted countless hours to the Kachemak Bay Lions. She served as treasurer and secretary. She also helped run the Bingo Hall with her friends, Jim and Linda King. She was also a member of the Emblem Club #350 for 20 years.

Sylvia had two children from a previous marriage, her son, Charles Brent and daughter, Frieda (Brent) Wighs. Life really tested Sylvia when her daughter died from lupus in 2002, and two years later, her son died from multiple sclerosis. She also lost her son-in-law, Jerry Wighs, from bleeding ulcers in 2005, but she was one tough lady and found a way to make it through. Now you can rejoice with your family, friends said.

Sylvia leaves behind twin sisters, Linda Brogdon and Patricia Gault; sister, Lottie Hayes; brothers, James Martwick and James Myers Jr.; one grandson; several close friends; her companion, Ella Newsom, and her little dog, Spikie.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.