Funeral held for Ohio restaurateur who met Obama

AKRON, Ohio - A northeast Ohio restaurant owner who hosted President Barack Obama for breakfast and died hours later is being remembered for the homey atmosphere she created for her customers.

Seventy-year-old Josephine "Ann" Harris of Copley Township died of natural causes on July 6. She had hugged the president earlier that day when he showed up to eat at her Akron-area restaurant, called Ann's Place.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports friends attending a funeral for Harris on Thursday described her restaurant as a second home, full of memories and familiar faces.

Billy Parsons said his mother was a big fan of Obama and meeting the president at the restaurant provided her a "final burst of happiness."

Obama previously called Harris' daughter to express his condolences.
 

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