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Gloria JoAnn Harris

April 28, 1931 - April 7, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Gloria JoAnn Harris

Gloria JoAnn Harris

Born: April 28, 1931
Died: April 7, 2021
Age: 89

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     Gloria JoAnn (Mohr) Harris of Spencer, Iowa passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa, three weeks shy of her 90th birthday. She was born April 28, 1931, at Lutheran Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa to Walter and Eunice (Wiese) Mohr.

     Gloria was raised in Hartley, Iowa, where she completed her education, graduating in 1949. She was involved in numerous high school activities, including band. She was a majorette. Gloria was a standout basketball player in Iowa's legendary six-player girls' game and led her team to several state tournaments. She was known for her set shots and was so dedicated that she went to the gym at 7 a.m. each school day to shoot 100 free throws before classes began.

     While in high school she met Richard Gordon Harris, who became her husband on December 28, 1949 in Hartley, Iowa. In the early years of their marriage they lived in Ames, Iowa, where Gloria worked at the Iowa State University print shop and became a lifelong fan of the Cyclones.

They later lived in Odebolt, Iowa, for a couple of years, and then moved to Northwest Iowa when Richard began farming. They moved to Richard's boyhood home north of Everly in 1963, and in 1993 relocated to their home in Spencer.

     During their years on the farm, Richard and Gloria raised five children. Gloria was involved in all her children’s activities and loved going to their games, concerts, Christmas programs and 4-H events.  She was an accomplished seamstress who sewed many of their clothes, as well as apparel for special occasions. She also had a knack for hanging wallpaper, which became a successful business. Working with friends, Gloria wallpapered countless Northwest Iowa homes. She also volunteered at the Spencer Hospital for several years.

     After raising her children, Gloria began working at Jo Ann Fabrics in Spencer, where her paychecks were regularly spent on fabric for her next project.

     Gloria was very active in her church, including her circle and Bible studies. She and Richard hosted many card club events and Fourth of July gatherings for their friends.  She enjoyed her neighbors and always welcomed her children’s friends into her home.

     Gloria loved spending time with her family. Her favorite summer activity was watching her kids play softball and baseball. She and Richard planned annual summer vacations, which often included camping in the mountains. In later years, they enjoyed traveling to California, Arizona and Utah, among other locations.

     She especially loved being with her grandchildren and spoiled them with chocolate milk shakes, clothes sewn just for them, and homemade sugar cookies baked every Christmas. She also shared with them her love of sewing and the enjoyment of piecing together jigsaw puzzles.

Those closest to her appreciated her love of sweets and butterscotch candies.

     Toward the end of her life, Gloria resided at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

     In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by Richard, her husband of nearly 68 years; a brother, Richard Mohr; and a great-grandson, Xaviar Harris.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children, Diane Turvold (Jim) of Cresco, Iowa, David Harris of Grand Forks, N.D., Dean Harris (Kathy) of Newman, Calif., Denise Salem of Sioux City, Iowa, and Douglas Harris (Lynette) of Stansbury Park, Utah; a brother, Kay Mohr (Brenda) of Moorhead, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Ronald Harris (Chris) of Ozark, Ala.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and countless friends.

     The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to St. Luke Lutheran Home staff and Dr. David Keith for the wonderful care they provided to Gloria over the years.

Funeral Services will take place 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 17, at the Everly United Methodist Church

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Mike Eeten
Bishop David Keith
Kamie Harris
Adam Harris
Kristi Schwartzhoff
Caitlin Rininger
Jill Salem
Sophia Salem
Alex Harris
Joshua Harris
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the Everly United Methodist Church.
"Hear I Am Lord"
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“My sincerest condolences on Aunt Gloria's passing. I spent many summers at the Harris Family Farm in NW Iowa. Aunt Gloria was like a mother to me and my siblings. We learned that our southern sloppy joes were actually "Made Rites", sweet tea was rare up north, homemade ice cream was the dessert of choice and Iowa sweet corn could not be beat. Thank you aunt Gloria for making us feel at home. We will miss you dearly. Love Ronnie”
- Ron Harris
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:06 PM
“Always loved my trips to Iowa. Aunt Gloria always made it special and even tried to make sweet tea on occasion to make us feel at home. I know she was a great Mom and will be dearly missed. Will keep y’all in my prayers. Love you.”
- Kenny Harris
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“To all of Gloria's family I extend my sympathies. She was such a nice person and fun to work with at all the church activities at the Everly Methodist Church while I was growing up and during early marriage. She was a great neighbor to my parents-in-law Charles and Jo Gonnerman too. Lots of great memories that I will treasure. Doris Miller Gonnerman Welle”
- Doris Welle
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“I will forever cherish all those summer vacations spent on the farm and especially time spent with my Aunt Gloria and Uncle Dick. The best Aunt and Uncle a boy could ask for. They are together again, for eternity this time. My sincerest condolences to my Iowa cousins. Your mom and dad are missed.”
- Brian Harris
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:28 AM
“We are so sorry to learn of Gloria's passing. We will miss our visits with her. We are sending our sincere sympathy and holding all of Gloria's family is in our thoughts in prayers.”
- Tricia Pierson and Jeremy Eller
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“My deepest sympathy to David and the Harris family. A wonderful lady and mother reunited with her husband.”
- Irene Pope
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:08 AM
“We send our sympathy to your family. She was a good neighbor and we enjoyed our ladies club meetings! May you find comfort in knowing she is with her Lord!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Sending our heart felt condolences to all the family on the loss of your mother. My mom, Helen Baumeister, is also sharing our sorrows. We recall so many good times together in the past as well as all the hands of 500 played at each others homes. Your mom will be missed. God bless. ”
- Eileen "Baumeister" Veum
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:06 PM
“Harris Family - So sorry to hear of your loss! May God wrap you in his arms and carry you through this time. Prayers”
- Becky "Fear" Hatting
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