In what is probably the most bitter-sweet story in this election, a 90-year-old woman in Oregon finally got to vote for a female presidential candidate and died just a few days later.
News of the story spread after her son, Scott Harris, posted a photo of her holding her mail-in ballot in a secret Facebook group for Hillary Clinton supporters, the Huffington Post reported.
Anita Harris was one of probably of thousands of women for whom the 2016 presidential election was a historic moment having waited years to see a woman be in contention of the presidency.
Harris was only six years old when women got the right to vote in 1920, but some women voting this year were born even before that.
Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett, a 102-year-old honorary delegate from Prescott, Arizona, is one such example.
Amid the vitriol and negativity of this campaign, talking about something meaningfully historic is a real breath of fresh air.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Scott said that his mother has been ill and in hospice for the past eight months.
“My brother and I are overwhelmed at all the responses to a simple picture,” he said. “What is amazing is that human kindness still exists within this contentious election. It reminds me of people stopping and taking off a hat as a funeral procession passed by. Honoring a complete stranger. Just shows Love Trumps Hate.”
The Facebook post has since gone viral garnering over 2,500 condolence messages from Facebook users around the world.
In another post, her son responded to the affection he’s received.
“To everyone who has taken a moment to send condolences on my mom’s passing after her vote: My family is intimately involved in the HRC campaign,” he wrote. “I cannot express how my family is overwhelmed by the responses. We are utterly shocked that you all have taken time to simply make a condolence.”
Her son went on to say that his mother was deeply proud of being a “Roosevelt” Democrat.
As for any funeral services for Harris, her son said she didn’t want a big fuss.
“She just wanted us to go eat great Chinese food so when we do we will toast her and HRC,” he said.
Could there be anything better than Election Night and Chinese food? Probably not.
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