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Marjorie “Jean” Harsh

Marjorie “Jean” Harsh

Marjorie "Jean" Harsh (Cupcake), died the evening of Saturday, December 29, 2012 in Bemidji among family.

Private family services were held.

She was born January 4, 1925 in Alton, IL to Helen Marjorie and Elliot Cornelius Long. The family moved to Madison, IL when Jean was in elementary school. She completed school in Madison and worked for Barber Asphalt, weighing and inventorying freight cars along with executive secretarial duties. In 1946 she married James R Harsh and they had 3 daughters, Katherine Asenath, Laura Elizabeth and Leslie Susan. The family lived in Granite City, IL until 1969 when they moved to Dimmitt, Texas. Jean followed that with years in Conifer, CO and the Phoenix area of AZ. She settled in Bemidji in 1989 to be closer to her daughters. Jean was a talented musician who spent her younger years performing and accompanying others. She was an accomplished vocalist and pianist, stopping only after losing most of her hearing. She spent much of each summer at her Lake Beltrami cabin in her favorite surroundings. Jean became enamored of that lake in the mid 1940's when she and her husband first fished there. She had not missed a summer on the lake since the late 1950's, loving to fish, swim, bird watch and be on the water. She loved the quiet surroundings and detested jet skis. Jean was an avid fisherwoman whose final outing last fall was a cold, windy, damp day which she endured with a smile and kept casting. She was a special person to all of her "grand pets" and each adored her. Grandma never missed any event involving her grandchildren; always supportive, proud and present.

Jean is survived by daughters Laurie Harsh of Turtle River, Leslie (Johnny) Gooch, of Bemidji and Kandahar, Afghanistan, granddaughter Emilie of Ft. Collins CO, grandson Jesse of Stillwater, MN, various cousins, nieces and nephews, grand nieces/nephews scattered about the planet along with many close life long friends.

She was preceded in death by daughter Katherine.

Memorials to the Beltrami Humane Society would be her preference.

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