COLONIE – Harriett L. Shore, 80, of Colonie, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Born Harriett L. Hobble on September 17, 1932 in Wichita, KS, the daughter of the late Theodore Foree Hobble and Grace Lyons Hobble. She was raised in Needles, CA, and was a 1950 graduate of Needles Union High School. She also lived in Rhode Island, Virginia, and North and South Carolina before moving to the Albany area in 1964. Along with being a loving mother, she was employed at Macy’s in Colonie, and also served as a volunteer with the forerunner of Prevent Child Abuse NY. In 1982 she earned an MA degree in Classics at the University at Albany. She was a passionate reader, and was interested in women’s issues, gardening and genealogy.
Harriett is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Maj. Bruce J. Shore, USMC, Retired; her children Laura Shore (Nancy Ota) of Altamont, Robert Shore of Wright, NY, Jaye Freyer (Frederick) of Scarsdale, NY, Donald Shore (Linda Ellett) of Rock City Falls, NY, and Margaret Illis (William) of Berkeley Heights, NJ; her grandchildren Frederic (Jake) Freyer, Harrison Shore, and Brendan, Sarah, Peter and Katherine Illis, and her godson Victor Tomelden. She was predeceased by her sisters, Grace Elizabeth Hobble Johnson of Reno, NV and Anna Mae Hobble Farrington of Dodge City, KS.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday prior to the service from 2-4pm. Internment services will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville on Tuesday at 11am. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Missing a large part of my heart.
Don’t tell any body else, but Harriet was my favorite aunt (shhh). I knew we could talk for hours about science, language, history, psychology and I would always learn something new. She had a deep knowledge of art and art history and had a a perceptive taste in the art work she collected and displayed in her home. I enjoyed hearing her stories about growing up in Needles in the pre-air conditioning age. She said that school would only be open until 10:30 am during the hot months of the year (which was most of the year in Needles) as no one could bear the heat in the classrooms after that. She also had stories about coming thru a hurricane in South Carolina with 5 little children. I felt I could talk with her about anything and she would understand. Although married to a US Marine, I never remember her putting me down or condemning me for my beliefs during my anti-Vietnam War phase. My husband has never stopped talking about our visit to Albany in 1992. He told me on several occasions that Aunt Harriet was “high class”. When I told him Thursday she had passed, he said he was not surprised because he had had a dream about her on Sunday. I hope when it is time for me to go, that I can make the transition with half the courage that Harriet did. I remember my mother Elizabeth always looked forward to family reunions with Bruce and Harriet because they agreed on so many things, such as the importance of women’s equality. She will be missed.
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Shore's of Illinois
Sorry for the loss of your wife Bruce. We will have you in our hearts during these tough weeks ahead.
Clifford Shore’s son Brian
His wife Kathy
and their children
Elizabeth & Robert S.
Dear Laura and family –
So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I hope the best times will keep her memory dear to you.
Dick and Lorraine Robinson
Dear Bruce and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. Nothing we can say will ease your pain, but just wanted you to know we are so sorry for your loss.
Dick and Lorraine
William (Spence) Shore, Oldest Brother-in-Law
Hello Harriett shore’s family,
We’ve had a great love and kinship to Harriett. It’s hard to spit out the right. words. Our Cathy’s (above) put it well. Hearing her voice which came to sound like her adopted New York, it would have been nice to hear more of those stories about her kids growing up. In my position as secretary for Honor Flight of the Quad Cities with our 20th flight just this last Thursday, I’ve seen about 1900 veterans of WWII and Korea go to see the memorials in Washington in a little over four years. Would that we could have taken their spouses with each one recognizing their contributions the war efforts. Harriett deserves such, but we are able to place the flag on her casket. Her contribution to keeping the peace and defending freedom has been there nevertherless. Harriett and all the other spouses made life bearable for all our armed forces. And her family bears witness to what she did.
Love and Peace,
Amend my statement above. We are NOT able to place flag on the casket or fire the 21 gun salute the wives deserve.
Lov e and peace,
Dear Uncle Bruce and Cousins,
I have fond memories of Aunt Harriet. She was smart, creative and a life long learner. She had a dignity of life that we can only hope to achieve. My love to you all and prayers for this tough time for you
William S. Shore
Laura and Family,
I was unaware that our Moms shared a birthday, but I do know they now share a most wonderful and peaceful place. You are in my thoughts, take care.
On behalf of the Ryan family,I wish to send our deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss.I want to share that I’ll never forget the surprise
gift for my birthday one year and it’s been a great pleasure to grow
with the family and us.Take care and may God be with all of you.
Kevin P. Ryan
When thinking of Aunt Harriett my heart fills with Admiration and I get “Warm Fuzzies.” I can hear Her voice of wisdom and her laughter for humanity. I wish I could be there for hugs of comfort, the tears of Her joy, and the memories of Her stories. The world will never be the same….Thank God! Hugs to everyone and an extra large one for You Uncle Bruce for picking such a True Gem to add to the Shore Family Tree. Thoughts and Prayers are with You All while You are Celebrating and Mourning a Truly Beautiful and Gracious Woman.
From South Carolina,
Sheila, Sarah and Whitney Jordan
Harriett and I had two things in common : books and Islam. She
combined them by reading many books translated from the Arabic. Some she sent me.. If I could talk again with her , I would thank her for helpingmake Horsecreek Lodge so special for me, and that there is genuine Moslem as one of my companions. Bruce and fanily, sorry for your loss.
wife of first cousin to Bruce,Keith Jac ob us.