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Harriet Elizabeth Light

Memorial for Harriet Elizabeth Light

Born in Portland, Oregon on Apr. 29, 1937
Departed on Apr. 21, 2017 and resided in Albany, OR.

Harriet Elizabeth Heath Light was born April 29, 1937, in Portland, Oregon. Her parents, William G. Heath and Evelyn A. Nelson Heath, settled in Vernonia, Oregon, where they operated a successful gas station and shop.

She graduated from Vernonia High School in 1955 and headed to Oregon State College, Corvallis, where she earned a B.S. in Home Economics in 1959. It is at OSC that she met the love of her life, Richard Eugene Light. They were married in lovely ceremony in Vernonia on September 20, 1959.

Harriet and Richard were adventurous souls and camped, backpacked, and rafted much of the western United States. She particularly loved their trip rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. They spent several Christmas vacations camping on the shores of Baja, Mexico decorating cactus with seashells for their holiday tree. The wild and scenic section of the Rogue River was also a favorite that they rafted numerous times with family and friends. They also enjoyed landsailing on the Alvord desert in southeastern Oregon.

The pair owned a Portland, Oregon pizza and sandwich shop for over twenty years. Harriet also spent her time leading 4H clubs and volunteering in her children's schools. Later in life, Harriet would care for Richard as he battled Alzheimer's for twelve years. An avid reader, you could not find a time that she didn't have a new book or sharing her delicious cooking with family.

She is survived by her sister Carolyn Ladd of Terrebonne, Oregon, her sons Larry (Karen) Light of Portland and their children Christopher, Joanne, Emmaly, and Joshua, and Terry (Ann) Light of Dundee, Oregon, and their children Ian and Hailey.

At her request, there will be no service, she preferred that a small donation be made to the Mennonite Village Foundation. Family will gather to remember and celebrate Harriet's life at a later time.

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