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Harriet Myra (Small) Muniz

Jan 20, 1925 - Mar 6, 2018

Harriet's Story

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Bucksport and Machias - Harriet Myra (Small) Muniz, age 93, was welcomed home by her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, early on Tuesday morning, March 6, 2018.
Born in North Ellsworth, Harriet was the daughter of Bernard and Abigail Small. In 1942 she graduated from Clark High School in Penobscot, moved to the Boston, Massachusetts, area, and worked in the Boston Navy Yard during World War II. Harriet then went through nurses training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, graduating with an RN in 1947. She worked as a nurse in the John Hancock building where she met the love of her life, Alejandro Montalvo Muniz. They began dating and were married in 1954. She continued her nursing career as an emergency room charge nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1959, just five months after the birth of their third son. She and the boys moved to Bucksport, Maine, soon after the death of her husband. Harriet and her oldest brother, Edward, his wife, Alda, and two children, Jeanette and Keith, bought a home together on Buckley Lane. She was always very thankful for her brothers, Edward and Charles, and their wives, Alda and Carolyn, because they showed special attention to and cared for her and the boys.
After moving to Bucksport, Harriet gave up full-time nursing to rear her sons but performed the responsibilities of a night duty nurse for Dr. Edward Thegan's patients who were very ill or dying in Bucksport. After her sons were reared, she became a caregiver to several young children, looking after them in her home while their parents worked. Later, she opened her home to the elderly who were unable to stay alone and cared for them until they passed away. Harriet accepted the Lord as her personal Savior on Easter morning of 1962. She attended church faithfully and was a Sunday School teacher. She was a long time member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ellsworth and since November of 2014 she has been a member of Ridge Baptist Church in Lubec.
Harriet's hobby was reading, if she wasn't caring for others, cleaning, or preparing to teach Sunday School, you could find her with a book in her hands reading away! She especially loved reading and studying her Bible and attending church. Even in the nursing home she was present at the Sunday service and two Bible studies weekly.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Edward and his wife, Alda (Bowden) Small, and her middle brother, Gilford and his wife, Lillian Small. Surviving are her three sons, Miguel Muniz of Colorado; Antonio Muniz and his wife, Brenda ,of Lubec, Maine; Alejandro Muniz, Jr. and his wife, Sandi, of Readfield, Maine; one brother, Charles Small and his wife, Carolyn, of Florida; sister-in-law, Geri Small of Cleveland, Ohio; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by local nieces, Jeanette (Small) Tardif for Orland, and Jenny Alicea of Winterport, and a nephew, Keith Small and his wife, Kathy, of East Orland with whom she was very close.
Officiating ministers: Revs. Antonio M. Muniz and Barry Blackstone. The funeral will be held at the Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm Street, Bucksport, Maine, on March 17, 2018, the visitation will be 12:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 1:00 p.m. The internment will take place in the spring. Memorial gifts may be sent to Emmanual Baptist Church, 50 School Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605, or Ridge Baptist Church, 274 County Road, Lubec, ME 04652 (mitchelltweedie-young.com)
Published on  March 10, 2018
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