Joyce Marie Harris, age 74, passed away peacefully after a well fought battle with cancer, in her home in The Dalles, Ore., early Monday, October 17, 2016.
She was born in a small farmhouse in Berryton, Kan., to George and Mildred (Phelps) Edwards on July 22, 1942, the youngest of three children. Joyce’s family eventually moved to El Segundo, Calif., where she met her husband of 56 years, Jerry Harris. They and their children moved to Oregon, ultimately settling into their home in The Dalles in 1989, where they lived until her passing.
She took pride in caring for her family and friends, often extending her hospitalities in different ways, big and small. Things from cooking huge spaghetti dinners for very hungry nephews and sons, to simply visiting with a friend who needed someone to talk to over a cup of coffee.
She is loved and remembered by her husband, Jerry Harris and their four children: Wes and Val Harris, Dwayne Harris, William Harris, Danielle (Harris) and Jason Borgus; five beautiful granddaughters: Tanya Harris, Cheyenne Harris, Morgan Borgus, Aurora Borgus and Briana Borgus; and one wonderful great-granddaughter, Adriana Sanders, along with many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews; a loving sister, Carol Mitchell and a protective brother, Vernon Edwards.
Meeting her when she left were her parents and one of her precious granddaughters, Lacy Dawn Harris.
Visitation will be Friday, October 21, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove, Ore. A graveside service will be held at the Yoncalla Masonic Cemetery Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m., with a gathering at Violet Collin’s house at 991 Mathis Hill Road in Yoncalla. Please come join us in celebrating Joyce’s life.
Special thanks to Heart of Hospice and Rachel Nelson for helping during this difficult time.
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