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Harriet R Mays

September 3, 1928 August 12, 2019
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Harriet R. Mays, 90, a resident of the Hillsboro & Beaverton communities, died Monday morning, August 12, 2019, at The Springs At Tanasborne in Beaverton..

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Beaverton are entrusted with the arrangements.

HARRIET R. MAYS was born September 3, 1928 in Holcomb, KS, the daughter of the late Harley and Bessie Martin (Messerschmitt). She was raised and received her early education in Coolidge, Kansas. At 13, her family relocated to Yamhill, OR where she completed high school, graduating in the Class of 1946, of Yamhill High School. She was determined to continue her education and was able to put herself through college at Linfield in McMinnville, OR, working multiple jobs, and with the support of several faculty who saw her potential. She graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in education, and a minor in home economics.

She was united in marriage to Elmer C. Mays on August 12, 1950 in McMinnville, OR. They began their married life in Portland, but two weeks after their wedding, Elmer was called into active duty and stationed at Pearl Harbor, HI. Harriet completed one year of teaching at The Parkrose Junior High School before joining Elmer in HI, until his active duty was completed. They subsequently resided in a number of communities in OR (North Plains, Oregon City, St. Helens, Clatskanie, Lebanon); WA (Seattle); and LA (Bogalusa), as a result of Elmer’s work. Upon retirement, Elmer and Harriet returned to the Hillsboro area where they have resided for the last 36 years.

Her life exemplified her strong faith, commitment to her family and friends, and ready willingness to help others. Harriet and Elmer found a church home in each community in which they lived. Most recently, she was a long-time active member of the Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro, including as an ordained deacon, choir member, and gardener, and always had a welcoming word and smile for newcomers and guests. She was also an active member of P.E.O. Chapters T (Clatskanie), DA (Lebanon), AS (Covington, LA), BH (Hillsboro), a philanthropic, educational organization where women celebrate, educate, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Bessie, and her sisters Helen Hesse, Ruby Giddings, Hazel Schmoe, and her brother Jim Martin.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Mays of Hillsboro, her sons and daughters-in-law Wayne and Carolyn (Kramer), and Warren and Valerie (Poche); her daughter and son-in-law Ruth and Gordon Thomas; her sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Irvin Teegarden; and her sister-in-law Gladys Martin. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Jesse Mays (Kathy Le), Martin Mays (Holly), Miles Thomas, Josh Poche, many nieces and nephews, and Cristina Seleme (Requejo), our beloved exchange student from Argentina.

The family suggests that remembrances in lieu of flowers may be contributions in her memory to the Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church, or The P.E.O. Oregon State Chapter Charitable Trust (c/o Carol Hungerford, Treasurer, Oregon State Chapter P.E.O., 699 McNary Estates Dr. N, Keizer, OR 97303.

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2:30 PM 8/24/2019 2:30:00 PM
Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church (aka Old Scotch Church)

30685 NW Scotch Church Road
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

A reception will follow the service.

Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church (aka Old Scotch Church)
30685 NW Scotch Church Road Hillsboro 97124 Oregon
United States

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