Mary Harris

Mary Jane Harris

1935 - 2020

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Obituary of Mary Jane Harris

Mary Jane (Kavanaugh) Harris, 84, formerly of Route 32N, passed away January 4, 2020 at Wesley Healthcare Center, in Saratoga Springs, NY. She was born March 14, 1935 in Amsterdam, NY to the late Bernard T. Kavanaugh and Agatha Snyder Kavanaugh. Mrs. Harris was a 1953 graduate of Amsterdam High School, and a 1957 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. She was employed as a school nurse-teacher at Carthage Central School from 1957-1964. She married James W. Harris in Amsterdam, NY on June 27, 1964 and moved to Schuylerville. She worked as a substitute school nurse at area schools, and organized the first-year practical nursing program at Saratoga-Warren BOCES. She was later a charge nurse at Wesley Healthcare Center, and a teller at the Schuylerville branch of Glens Falls National Bank. In addition, she was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Stella Maris #396 for over 45 years. She served as a 4-H leader, and volunteered for community organizations such as Extra Helpings and Dollars for Scholars. She loved quilting and was an outstanding seamstress whose work was exquisite. She loved dogs and loved to travel with her late husband and family. Mary Jane had an outgoing personality and loved to be around people. Her grandkids and family meant everything to her and she will be truly missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her brother Bernard A. Kavanaugh; nephew Bernard M. Kavanaugh and her husband James. Survivors include her 2 daughters, Susan (Leif) Lanning of Madrid, NY and Laura Smith of Gretna, LA; 4 grandchildren, Abigail and Austin Lanning and Kiersten and Brayden Smith; 2 sisters-in-law Mary Kavanaugh of Chrisman, Illinois and Barbara Harris of Southampton, Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews A funeral mass will be held at 10am Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the ND Visitation Church, 18 Pearl St, Schuylerville, NY, 12871 with the Rev. Edward Kacerguis officiating. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7pm on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave, Schuylerville, NY, 12871. Memorials in her name can be made to Dollars for Scholars at Online remembrances can be made at


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, January 10, 2020
Flynn Bros. Inc - Schuylerville
13 Gates Ave Ext
Schuylerville, New York, United States
(518) 695-3138

Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Notre Dame - Visitation Church
Pearl Street
Schuylerville, New York, United States

Spring Burial

Bacon Hill Cemetery
Stone Bridge Rd.
Bacon Hill, New York, United States