January 31, 2011
Mrs. Saxe was born in New York City on September 17, 1913 to May Britt, a homemaker, and John Britt, a motorman for the NYC subway system. She moved to the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York as a young woman, where she met and married Robert Paul Saxe. They lived and raised a family on the Saxe Farm in Kiskatom. She was an active member of the community, including membership in the PTA, Monday Club, On-Ti-Ora Chapter NSDAR, and Kiskatom Reformed Church. She was also an avid hiker, skier, and lover of classical music.
Financially unable to attend college, she became an avid reader and traveler. Mrs. Saxe traveled to various destinations in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and Europe. After raising her three sons, she entered into the workforce, first in the Catskill school system and later for the State of New York. After her husband died in 1978, she decided to travel to California to work as a Vista Volunteer helping battered women. Pursuing her interest in the Spanish language, Mrs. Saxe made several trips to San Miguel D'Allende, Mexico to study Spanish, a skill she later used as a sometimes interpreter. She found that she loved California and eventually moved there, settling in Ventura. She lived there for many years, but finally moved back East to Portsmouth, NH, where her youngest son Jonathan lived. Still outgoing and vital, she made many close friends in Portsmouth, including many of the parishioners of the North Church. In 2008, she moved to Tampa, FL so that she could be close to her son Daniel and his family.
Harriet is survived by her son Daniel Saxe and his wife Claire Saady-Saxe and their two children, Lauren and Rachel as well as her son Jonathan Saxe and his wife Deborah. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Paul Saxe on August 21, 1978, her brother Chauncy Britt, and eldest son Neil Saxe in 2003.
Private cremation was conducted in Tampa. A memorial service will be held in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home on a future date to be announced. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery next to her husband and son.
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