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Lulu Boyer Harkness, Former F.C. Elementary Teacher, Dies at 98

Lulu Esther Boyer Harkness, 98, formerly of Falls Church, passed away on October 18, 2010 at her assisted living residence in Dover, Del.

Lulu was born on January 28, 1912 in Yeagertown, Pa. to Marie (Kearns) and Walter Boyer.

She obtained a teaching certificate from Bloomsburg State Teachers College. While attending a summer session at Duke University, she met James Willard Harkness, whom she married on Dec. 22, 1938 in Lewistown, Pa. After WWII, she and their children joined Willard in Falls Church, where they built their own house. She taught for 20 years at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in Falls Church and in Lewistown, prior to that.  She enjoyed many trips to Europe after her retirement in 1975.  Lulu was an accomplished artist and loved to play the piano.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lulu was preceded in death by her husband, James Willard Harkness and two brothers, John and Walter.  She is survived by a son, James Willard Harkness, Jr and his wife Christine of Roanoke; a daughter, Joan Marie Norquest and her husband Robert of Dover; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A private internment was in Reedsville, Pa.