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Lois Harris

Lois Marie Harris

Friday, February 24th, 1922 - Thursday, January 16th, 2020
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LOIS MARIE HARRIS
Lois Marie (Hampton) Harris, 97, passed away on January 16, 2020, at Lakewood Care Center, just 35 days after the passing of her husband of nearly 76 years, Chuck.

Lois was born in Wray, Colorado on February 24, 1922, the daughter of Robert Hampton and Sada Willis Hampton. She graduated from high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, and went on to earn her associate’s degree from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. It was there where she met the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Harris. During much of their courtship, he was stationed throughout the states as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Although he was separated from her, he still was determined to ask her to marry him. But because of Uncle Sam, he ended up having to send her ring in the mail. Of course, she said yes, and they were married in 1944. As newlyweds, they moved to the east coast (New York and New Jersey) until 1958, then ultimately made Independence their forever home. They were blessed with four children. Their family grew to include seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren (one of whom was born just days ago, and she never got to meet).

One of her favorite activities was watching Angela, her first grandbaby, three days a week. She had a Shaklee storefront in her home for years. Outside her home, she worked as a secretary at the School of Restoration, as a cook at the Blue Ridge Church for the children, and as President of the Neighborhood #223 Council. Her fondest memory with the council was organizing Christmas luminaries… she loved the way they shined against the cold winter night - and she always fed her family afterward with a big batch of spaghetti. But in life, her passion was simply being Chuck’s biggest cheerleader. Everything she did revolved around her family.

She and Chuck drove their fifth-wheel down south and spent 17 winters in Texas. She enjoyed the yearly fishing trips to Minnesota. She loved sightseeing across the states, but also missed her family while they were away. She also excelled at oil painting, ceramics, and making dolls. She knew the secret to the world’s best cherry pie and loved teaching her interested grandchildren how to make the perfectly flaky crust. She also made a potato salad that couldn’t be duplicated.

She was an active member of the Community of Christ and attended the Gudgell Park Congregation with Chuck.

She is survived by her children, Charles Harris (Shannon), Bonnie Hudson (Jim), and Donald Harris (Jenny); 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bonnie Barron. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Roberts.

A celebration of life will be held at Gudgell Park Community of Christ, 500 E Gudgell Ave, Independence, MO 64055 on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. A private inurnment will take place in Mound Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Harbor Hospice in her memory.
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    Friday, April 3rd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 3rd, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Gudgell Park Community of Christ
    Address
    500 E Gudgell Ave
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
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