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Wanda V. (Nelson) Harris

Born: 1/28/1922

Died: 6/27/2004

Maiden Name: Nelson

Honorific: n/a

Wanda V. (Nelson) Harris, 82, of the Winslow House Care Center, Marion, Iowa, passed away June 27, 2004, following a terminal illness. She was born January 28, 1922, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of George and Ione Wallace Nelson.

She married Ralph Wilson Harris on July 9, 1939. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

Wanda attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant, Oklahoma. She worked at Metropolitan Supply Co. for several years and then in 1965 began working at Wathan’s Flying Service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brethren.

Wanda and Ralph enjoyed taking trips across the country. She was an able and devoted Sunday School teacher for many years. With the help of Chris Elam, activities director at Winslow House, she started a scripture study group where she shared her faith and Bible knowledge. She was always thankful for the staff at Winslow House, making many friends, distributing miniature Tootsie Rolls and spiritual encouragement. Another favorite pastime was feeding the sparrows. Many will miss Wanda, her sense of humor, compassion and the positive nature of a gracious mother, grandmother and friend.

Survivors include daughters, Pamela Coppes and husband, David, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Betty Whitmore and husband, Richard, of Marion and Pat Thomas and husband, Brian, of Palo, Iowa; ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.