Funeral services for Lelia May (Harper) Heagle, age 90 a resident of the United Helpers Nursing Home and formerly of Morristown will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m..t the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Smith officiating. Burial will follow the service at Ogdensburg Cemetery.
Calling hours will also be on Thursday, Dec 8 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Heagle died Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 at the United Helpers Nursing Home in Ogdensburg where she had been a resident since August, 2007.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives, James H. Heagle, Jr. of South Florida, Timothy J. Heagle of Johnson City, Tenn., and Terry A. Heagle of Carthage; as well as five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Fiacco of Norwood, and Hilda Thomas of Potsdam. A brother, Evan and a sister, Sylvia predeceased her.
Mrs. Heagle was born October 3, 1921 in Parishville, the daughter of Rachael A. and Chester P. Harper She was the Valedictorian of Parishville Central School, class of 1938. While in high school she was active in various school activities and earned a High School Letter in basketball.
Upon graduation Mrs. Heagle worked in New York City as a nanny and while there visited the 1939 World’s Fair. Returning to the North Country she worked in Ogdensburg during WWII in a defense related industry making 20mm and 40mm cannon shells.
On April 7, 1942, she married James H. Heagle of Ogdensburg in Lisbon, NY with the late Rev. John Edgar officiating. Honor attendants were the late William and Blanche Roach. After their marriage the couple moved to San Diego, California for a year where she continued to work in a defense industry while her husband served in a coastal artillery unit for the US Army. The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary in April 2002. Mr. Heagle died November 26, 2002.
In 1946, she started a 32-year career at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Starting as a ward attendant she progressed to Senior Staff LPN. In 1970 she graduated from Canton Agricultural and Technical College with an Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing. She retired from the Psychiatric Center in 1977.
After retirement she and her husband moved to Hudson, Florida briefly before returning to the Ogdensburg area. Mrs. Heagle worked as a private duty nurse and at the Cedars Nursing Home during the 1980’s.
Mrs. Heagle was an avid reader, enjoyed travel (including a 1983 trip to the Soviet Union), knitting, crocheting and gardening. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary. Additionally she was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Morristown.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the United Helpers Riverledge wish book; 8101 SH 68; Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Online condolence