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Janice Hayward Harris, of Annisquam, MA, died peacefully in her sleep on March 27, 2015. She was 95 years old. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Noble Clark Harris Jr., in 1989. Born in Exeter, NH on December 14, 1919, Janice grew up in Melrose, MA and graduated from Melrose High School in 1937. She loved to ski and was a talented artist. She studied art at the Museum School (The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) in 1938 and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1942. Upon graduation she earned a position as an illustrator with "Private Lives", a syndicated panel cartoon featuring people in the news. In 1942 she married Noble Harris, an Officer in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the Naval Academy, Class of 1939. Shortly after the war, they settled in Langley, Virginia to raise their family. Janice was active in community and civic organizations. She was a volunteer in The Gray Lady Service of the American Red Cross and was active in the League of Women Voters. She was a member of the Army Navy Country Club, was an avid bridge player and an outstanding seamstress and knitter. She loved to read. In the mid 1970s, Janice and Noble moved to Hilton Head Island where they built their retirement home and enjoyed bicycling and boating, antique cars, and an active social life. Inspired by the beach and surroundings, Janice renewed her love of painting. After Noble's death, Janice made her home in Annisquam in the house where her parents had retired in the early 1950s. She enjoyed the Village and especially loved to swim and wade and visit with friends at Lighthouse Beach. In Annisquam, she was active in the Sewing Circle, the Garden Club, the Good Neighbors, the Art Association, and the Village Library. She was a member of the Annisquam Yacht Club and played bridge weekly. For many years she volunteered at the Cape Ann Museum, a place she held dear. Janice skied into her 70s, earning an "Elder Season Pass" at Vail and she continued to paint watercolors well into her 90s. Energetic, determined, and talented, Janice will be greatly missed by many. She leaves behind her two children, Jane and Steve and his wife Susan; her grandchildren, Lauren Hayward Harris and Stephen Clark Harris Jr., and his wife Stephanie; and two great grandchildren, Vivian and Tyler. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Care Dimensions (give.hns.org <http://give.hns.org/>) or to the Annisquam Good Neighbors (4 Leonard St, Annisquam, MA 01930) , or The Annisquam Village Library (c/o The Village Hall, 34 Leonard St., Annisquam, MA 01930). A service will be held at The Annisquam Village Church at a time and date to be determined. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.

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