OBITUARY - RUTH E. HARRIS
Ruth E. HARRIS was born April 29, 1922 in Kellerton, Iowa to Ray W. and Alma (MATHES) COFFMAN. Ruth passed away on May
12, 2001 at Westview Acres Care Center in Leon, Iowa at the age of 79 years.
Ruth grew up at Kellerton and graduated from Kellerton high school. On May 5, 1938, she was united in marriage to Herbert
"Junior" HARRIS at Stanberry, Missouri. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage and to this union three children were
born: Barbara, Jim and Nancy.
Ruth and Junior moved their family to the farm west of Grand River, Iowa in 1942 and this remained her home until moving
to Terrace Park Assisted Care Living in Leon one month ago.
Ruth was a farm wife and she owned and operated Y-Wire Kennels in Grand River for many years. She enjoyed playing bingo,
fishing and traveling which included trips to Las Vegas, the Southwest and a tour of Europe several years ago.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Junior on March 9, 1999; and her daughter Barbara Ann, in infancy.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Jim HARRIS and wife Mary of Grand River and Nancy WILLIAMS and husband Don of
Des Moines, Iowa; three granddaughters, Rita MARTIN and husband Brian of LeClaire, Iowa, Valerie NORMAN and husband Lonnie
of Eagleville, Missouri and Debra CARL and husband Matt of Ankeny, Iowa; six great-grandchildren Elizabeth MARTIN, Lance
NORMAN, James CARL, Bradley MARTIN, Wyatt CARL and Cory NORMAN and wife Mandy; one brother Dale COFFMAN and wife Lucille
of Wichita, KS; as well as many nieces, nephews and a host of good friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Reverend
Michael DRUHL officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS. Casket bearers were Lonnie
NORMAN, Brian MARTIN, Dwayne PEPPMEIER, Matt Carl, Cory NORMAN and Raymond PEPPMEIER. Honorary pallbearers were Duane
DAUGHTON, Wayne KELLEY and Albert HEWLETT.
Ruth was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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