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Harriet Avila Frye (Armstrong) was born July 25,1922 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She played basketball and dreamed of becoming an architect. She had a scholarship to the University of Michigan but WWII was in full swing and the US was limiting the number of foreigners who could enroll. Her dreams were crushed for the time being, so she went to work at a greenhouse near Kingsville, Ontario. It was on the windy northern shores of Lake Erie that she fell in love one summer with a young man named Cameron Scott, also of Scottish descent, whose family owned the garden/nursery. They married and had two children, Constance and Rodney, before Cameron died in an accident at the age of 25.
She went to Windsor to live with her parents, and found work across the bridge or through the tunnel (of which her father was a civil engineer) in Detroit for a Non-Profit Co. in the Penobscot Building. A few years later, she married a businessman named J.R.Frye who also adopted her children. The family moved around the Midwest from Michigan to Iowa and back to Michigan. She and JR continued to move to Illinois and finally to Florida.
Her daughter went to college and her son joined the U.S. Army, and later finished college. Both wound up in the career of public education. Harriet and JR decided to live out their golden years in Florida, where they lived together for more than two decades. He died of cancer in 1994, and she began to travel the world. Sometimes alone, with friends, sometimes with family. Her travels took her to Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bermuda, Europe on several occasions and Alaska.
In recent years, her health had failed and kept her more homebound than she would have liked. But her mind was as sharp as a whip, until just a few days ago. She died peacefully in her sleep on June 21, 2018 at the age of 95.
She is survived by her children Connie Brussee and Rod (Marilyn) and her grandchildren Jason Brussee (Amanda) and Megan and also by two stepsons, John Brussee (Kim), Tom Brussee (Joan) and five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons.