Harriet Elinor Damsker Jaeger, 91, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, surrounded by her children, Robin, Gary and Peggy.
She was born in Clarksdale on Aug. 23, 1927, to Herman and Rose Damsker, joining a sister, Sylvia. With a Russian immigrant father and Memphis native mother, she was proud of her blended Delta and Jewish heritage.
After graduating from Clarksdale High, Harriet attended LSU in Baton Rouge and remained a Tiger fan throughout her life.
She met her future husband, Burt Jaeger, on a trip to visit cousins in New York City. They married March 4, 1948, and settled in Clarksdale. Burt joined and was active in the family business, Rose Seed Co., and Harriet was an active member of Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood.
A diligent homemaker and an avid gardener, she earned Clarksdale’s yard of the month honor multiple times.
Harriet and Burt moved to Memphis in 1994, where they were members of Temple Israel. With a passion for travel, Harriet and Burt took family vacations, as well as trips on their own and with friends, to 48 states, seven countries and four continents.
A dear friend and relative to many, her kind spirit, strong will and competitive mahjong skills will be remembered. In true Harriet fashion, she never lost her beauty and youthful glow.
A loving mother and Mamaw, she leaves behind her three children and six grandchildren and their spouses, nine great-grandchildren, and three nieces.
Husband Burt, whom she cared for through several years of illness, preceded her in death in February 2011.
A graveside service was held on Monday, April 1, 2019, at Beth Israel Cemetery in Clarksdale.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Canale Funeral Directors in Memphis handled the arrangements.