Anna Mae Hardy Harris of Conroe died Tuesday morning, December 7, at Conroe Regional Medical Center. She was 94 years old. She was surrounded by loved ones in her final hours.
Anna Mae was born in Houston on February 27, 1910. She was the daughter of Samuel Ross Hardy and Edith Monroe Hardy. Anna Mae spent her childhood in Houston, graduating from Central High School in 1928. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she was a member of the Tri-Delta sorority. She left college to become the wife of Michael Conway Harris in 1929.
Anna Mae and Michael, or Mike to friends and family, began married life in Houston, where Mike worked in the cotton business with his older brother. The Great Depression forced the closure of their cotton business and the Harrises moved to Calvert, Texas, where Mike found work as a distributor for Gulf Oil.
In 1931, Anna Mae and Mike moved to Conroe when Mike became field superintendent for South Texas Development Company in the booming Conroe Oil Fields. That year, their first daughter, Betty Ann, was born. A second daughter, Emily Jean, was born 5 years later. Anna Mae and Mike settled in as permanent Conroe residents as Mikes business activities began to branch out into land and timber investment. Mike served as mayor of Conroe in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Both daughters graduated from Conroe High School, married and raised families in the Conroe area.
Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband Mike in 1991.
At the time of her passing, Anna Mae had 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister June McCaskill Ermis of Houston, daughters and sons-in-law Betty Neves Daniel and Ed Daniel, Emily Harris Signor and Jim Signor, all of Conroe; and by grandchildren Roy and Ardia Neves of Humble, Jesse Neves of Montgomery, Amy Neves of Spring, Celia Signor Wyatt and Kevin Wyatt of Spring, Jim Harris Signor of Houston, Anna Neves Campbell and Rusty Campbell of Spring, Sylvia Signor Rodriguez and Joey Rodriguez of Spring, Mike and Brenna Neves of The Woodlands and Sam and Lona Neves of College Station.
Her great-grandchildren include Jake Neves, Jeff Neves, Emily Neves, Brett Wyatt, Christian Neves, Carson Wyatt, Tyler Campbell, Kyle Neves, SuAnna Wyatt, Cole Rodriguez, Micheal Neves, Samuel Campbell, Meredith Rodriguez, Graceson Wyatt, Evan Jane Neves, Hudson Rodriguez, Olivia Campbell, Ross Neves and Allyson Hope Rodriguez.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2004 at 3 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with The Rev. Linda Seracuse officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2004 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Anna Mae was graced with a long and full life. She lived through the most interesting period in the history of humankind. She was fortunate to see much of the world. She experienced the joy of many lifelong friendships. And, she left a part of her loving spirit in the hearts of all who survive her.