Ellen was born on the farm near West Bend, Saskatchewan, the fifth of seven children of James and Ellen Cooper. She was predeceased by her husband Glen and is survived by children Heather (Simon), Bill (Sue), Doug (Melanie) and Kaiya (Brent); grandchildren Alejandro, Dmitri and Ashley; brothers Bill (Gail), Tom (Josie), Joe (Joyce) as well as many nieces and nephews.
In 1952, Ellen and her sister Tish arrived in Haines Junction, Yukon to teach school. Following a few years living on the north Alaska Highway pump stations, Ellen and her family moved to Whitehorse in 1963 and settled down on Black St. for the next fifty years. In 1964 Mrs. Harris began her primary teaching career at W.E.S. and encouraged students to ‘try your best’ until her retirement in 1988. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and received the Commissioner’s Award for Public Service in recognition of her dedication as a teacher.
In the early years Ellen enjoyed curling bonspiels and in the later years it was the bowling league. She was an active community volunteer, a lifelong member of the Anglican Church, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to YOOP and her T.O.P.S. group. Ellen was a very hard worker but always had time for her grandchildren. She also had wonderful trips to Great Britain, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and a Panama cruise with family and several good friends.
Ellen loved picnics, gardening, and berry picking. A nice cup of tea could solve anything. We will all miss her beautiful smile and compassionate nature.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral at 2:00 p.m.