Shirley Jean Harris
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Shirley Jean Harris, age 80, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Avera Yankton Care Center.

Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Molly Carlson officiating. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior the memorial service at the funeral home.

Urnbearers are her grandsons, Brian Jorgensen, Jason Kringen, and Sean Jorgensen.

Shirley was born April 22, 1934 near Gayville, South Dakota to Clarence and Clara (Olson) Snow. In 1940, she moved with her family to a farm near Yankton. Shirley attended rural schools and then Yankton High School. On June 10, 1950, she married Jim Harris at the Congregational Church in Vermillion, South Dakota. After their marriage, they lived in Nebraska for one year and then returned to South Dakota, residing in Mission Hill. In 1957, they moved to Yankton. Shirley provided day care for five years, then worked for the school lunch program at Yankton Middle School and finally, she worked 15 years at the Animal Health Clinic for Drs. Buckman, Lepp and Teachout. A good share of her life was spent doing what she loved most, being a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and preparing their favorite foods. She also enjoyed working on family genealogy which included her Norwegian heritage. Jim and Shirley were members of the Lewis and Clark Campers for many years and enjoyed camping with many friends. Shirley was a member of the United Church of Christ, Yankton Senior Center, and Willowdale Country Club.

Her memory will be cherished by her two daughters: Delré (Garrett) Kringen of Gilbert, AZ and Debra Jorgensen (Bob Nolan) of Vermillion, SD; three grandsons: Jason (Rachael) Kringen of Sioux Falls, Brian Jorgensen of Sioux Falls and Sean Jorgensen of New York City, NY; and two great grandsons, Haydon and Riley Jorgensen of Sioux Falls.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Barbara Berg; and beloved husband, Jim Harris on July 20, 2005.

Memorials are preferred to Avera Sacred Heart Hospice in Yankton.






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Deb, my sympathy to you and your family. What a beautiful picture of your mother - looks so happy and joyful. Sounds like she answered God's call for her vocation with great success and surely she is getting her reward now. God rest her soul and give you comfort.

Joleen Bos


Delre & Deb,

Really sorry to hear about your mother.Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.Your parents were very special people .

Jerry & Rhonda


Delre, Deb and families.

Dad, Pam and I are so saddened over the loss of your mom. We have such good memories of both your dad and mom from the old days. Cherish all your memories and know our prayers are with you.

Toni (Johnson) Shutt, Roland (Ole) Johnson, Pam (Johnson) Nelson


Deb, Delre and Family.

We are so sorry for you loss. Shirley was a true friend and a wonderful person. She will be very missed. I will miss our phone calls. Our love and prayers to you,

Betty and the Harris Family.


Deb, Delre and Family.

We are very sorry for your loss. Shirley was indeed a very special person. She will be missed and we will cherish our memory of her. Gods Blessing be with you all.

John & Joan Snow and family.


Delre, Deba and family

Sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Have fond memories of her at the animal health clinic. She will be missed. Sorry I couldn't make the funeral.

Louie Johnson


Deb and Delre,

I was sorry to read about the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of spending time in your home as a child. My sympathy to you and your families.

Jean (Kudrna) Orton


I am saddened to hear of the loss of Aunt Shirley. I didn't realize the obituary was here so I was glad I was able to see the pictures. Prayers have been going up for you all and will continue.

Emily Duarte (Gabriel)


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