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Reeta Harmon – 60
Reeta Harmon, 60, of Gorham passed away unexpectedly of sepsis at Mercy Hospital
on June 25th surrounded by family. Born August 18th in Long Beach California to Clay
Peris and Reeta Lujan, Reeta had 4 siblings – Robin, Nancy, Greg, and Robert, and two
half siblings, Risa and Debi. She loved to dance and was a self-taught musician.
Reeta married Valentino Casarez, Jr. and had five children - Cynthia, Matthew,
Christopher, Frank, and Adrian. Life had other plans for Reeta and she became a single
mom. She loved her children with all her heart, working 3 jobs while going to school and
playing piano for her church. Reeta could find the silver lining in any situation, always
positive and upbeat. She moved to Las Vegas where she started hospice work that
ignited a fierce passion for end of life care. She was deeply involved in church as well
as other charity work. Life sent another twist and Reeta’s health became problematic.
She later moved to Maine.
Reeta married the love of her life, Steven Harmon, in 2011 and lived in Standish. He got
sick with cancer and she took care of him, even when she could hardly walk. He
passed away in 2017 and Reeta moved to Gorham.
Reeta endured many challenges in life, more than anyone should. She never let that
test her faith with God or break her joyous spirit. Reeta was a Christian woman who
lived her life for God, always helping anyone and everyone. She adopted a bird Sonny
who had de-feathered himself, and nursed him back to health. She adopted a
dog Sophia, who was born with a cleft palate/lip and was severely abused, and nursed
her back to health. She loved spending time with her grandkids – Alyssa, Dee, Kai,
Aaliyah, Alannah, Ariah, Isaiah, Jordan, Arya, Adrian Jr., and Isaiah. She helped all her
friends and neighbors even when it was detrimental to herself. She was always quick
with a joke, a prayer, or a shoulder whenever anyone needed it. She was an amazing
woman and she will be sorely missed.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 26 th at 10 AM at Wilson Funeral Home -
24 Shaker Road in Gray, followed by a graveside service at noon at Farris Cemetery in