Shirley Elizabeth LaHart, 84, formerly of Saranac Lake and currently of 29 Trillium Drive, Lake Placid, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at her daughter's home in AuSable Forks.
Born in Harkness on Nov. 22, 1932, she was the daughter of Mitchell and Eva (Baker) Terry Sr.
Shirley, married Peter LaHart Sr. on April 12, 1958 at Holy Name Church, AuSable Forks.
A lifelong resident of the North Country, Shirley had worked at various area businesses over the years including as a seamstress for both the Tupper Lake Dress Factory and Saranac Lake Dress Factory; a switchboard operator at the Lake Placid Club; caretaker for the Wawbeek on Upper Saranac Lake; and in housekeeping for the Holiday Inn in Lake Placid until she retired in 2006. She especially loved raising her eight children and was an awesome taxi cab driver for her girls. She also attended and graduated from North Country Community College. While attending college there she had the unique experience of sharing some of the same classes with her daughters who were attending NCCC at the same time. Shirley loved to sing and was involved in the NCCC Choir. She also loved to crochet.
She is survived by her husband Peter LaHart Sr.; one son, Peter (Darlene) LaHart Jr. of Keeseville; seven daughters: Lindasue (Randy) Greene of Lake Placid, Sharon LaHart of AuSable Forks, Pam (Mark) Pozzi of Goodview, Virginia, Patricia (Carl III) Williams of Saranac Lake, Lucy (Kevin Sr.) Goff of AuSable Forks, Rebecca (David) McKillip of Lake Placid and Venessa (Michael) Buckley of Gabriels; one sister, Barbara Carnes of AuSable Forks, one step-brother, Skip Mitchell Terry of Jay; one step-sister, Evelyn Coolidge of Jay; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great -grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two daughters: Margaret and Shirley, four sisters and six brothers.
Calling hours took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at St. Bernard's Church, with the Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating. Burial followed at St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake.
Friends wishing to remember Shirley Elizabeth LaHart may make memorial contributions to Hospice of the North County in care of the funeral home.
Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.