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In Memory of

Orvillene Harris

April 6, 1924 - September 9, 2017

Obituary


Orvillene Harris was born on April 6, 1924 in Copeland, Kansas to Jesse B and Perlee (Powell) Jantz. She passed away on September 9, 2017 in Everett, Washington, at the age of 93.

She is survived by her children; Gerald Harris and his wife, Barbara, Betsy Brown, Judy Rainbolt and her husband, Alvin, and Rodney Harris and his wife, Dianne; 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 4 step grandchildren and their families; 5 half sisters and their families and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families, and many friends....

Orvillene Harris was born on April 6, 1924 in Copeland, Kansas to Jesse B and Perlee (Powell) Jantz. She passed away on September 9, 2017 in Everett, Washington, at the age of 93.

She is survived by her children; Gerald Harris and his wife, Barbara, Betsy Brown, Judy Rainbolt and her husband, Alvin, and Rodney Harris and his wife, Dianne; 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 4 step grandchildren and their families; 5 half sisters and their families and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charlie, her sister, Shirley, and son-in-law, Jim Brown.

She worked hard all of her life. She lived thru the Dust Bowl years in Kansas and learned to drive on the farm when she was too small to reach the floor and see over the dash at the same time. She milked 12 cows and tended other stock before school as a young teenager in Idaho. Her parents divorced when she and her sister were young. The girls were sent to live between their parents for a year or so at a time, one in Kansas and the other in Idaho. She missed each of them when she lived with the other, but mostly she missed her sister, after Shirley refused to go back to Idaho for the next visit. She overcame all the challenges in her young life. When she was 18 and living with her dad in Idaho, she went with her uncle, aunt and cousins to find summer work in Wenatchee. That's where she met Charlie. He was handsome and he really liked her.

They were married March 5, 1943 and lived and worked in Wenatchee. They started a family, and soon CO was off to war, so Orvillene moved back to Idaho to be near her family. She worked and was able to buy a log cabin on 40 acres. She was able to can and preserve food and had a root cellar stocked when CO returned home. There was no work in Idaho, so they eventually moved back to Wenatchee. As a young wife and mother, she not only kept a clean house and took care of her family, but grew gardens whenever she could and worked in the orchards in Wenatchee all summer long. In Idaho, she took in sewing and ironing for extra money. In Lynnwood, she was a waitress and worked in the kitchen and did mending for a nursing home.

She filled her spare time with sewing, crocheting, quilting, gardening, cross word puzzles and reading. She loved doing laundry and often helped her kids catch up on theirs when she would come to visit. She made friends where ever she went and loved to talk. She was very active in the CB club in Lynnwood and VFW in East Wenatchee. She loved deer hunting, camping, fishing and traveling in their RV. She loved going to visit her extended family and having them stay with her. She was a good cook and baked the most excellent apple pies...but her sticky cinnamon rolls were the very best. There were always chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies in the cookie jar. Their pantry and freezer was full of food from their garden, the orchards, the game they shot and the fish they caught.

After Dad retired and they moved to East Wenatchee, we would pack up our families to spend Easter weekend at their house. It was always a good time with grand kids sleeping on the floor and everyone waking up to bacon, biscuits and gravy. Mom loved the thousands of games of Spoons, 31, Rummy, Yatzee, Skip-Bo and Uno around the table with grand kids. We all enjoyed the big back yard where we got to sit in the shade of the walnut trees with Mom, Dad and Charley Dog and watch the cousins playing together and hunting eggs. They enjoyed having all of us there for the big potluck dinners and we would always celebrate their birthdays that weekend. She always was up for a rousing game of Canasta or Rook. She loved playing Bingo at the VFW. She and Dad played Pinochle with family and friends. One of her all time favorite games was Scrabble. She played with anyone who would, but especially had wonderful times- and such good memories- of playing with her mother, her sister Shirley, and best friends Betsy Stenger and Bev Kingen.

Her faith was a big part of who she was. She was a member of the Mennonite church and then the Lynnwood Free Methodist church. She attended as often as she could. She always knelt in prayer beside her bed before she slept and would read her Daily Bread devotional before turning out the light. Even when she went thru tough times with religion, her faith never waivered.

She always loved having her family around her, but the two things that brought her the most joy over the past year was getting to see, hold and play with her new twin great grand babies.

She will be missed by so many.