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Lois V. Harris
July 3, 1917-May 21, 2013
Lois V. Harris, a 51-year resident of the Olympia, WA area, passed away from natural causes on May 21st at the age of 95 years, in San Antonio, TX. At the time of her death she was staying with her daughter, Judith. She was preceded in death by her husband, James K. Harris, who passed away in 1983, as well as by her sister Berle V. Wrights in 1993. Lois was born and raised in Grangeville, ID to Harry G and Ida G Vincent, often fondly referring to herself as a "Salmon River Savage." Following high school, Lois went to business school in Spokane, Washington and was subsequently employed in Washington, D.C. as a secretary at the Department of Commerce during World War II, while her husband James served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. She culminated her career serving as the Legal Secretary to the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court in 1982. Lois was active in the Olympia community and in local, regional and national fraternal organizations, including Royal Matron of (Olympia) Capital Court (twice), and Washington State Grand Royal Matron. She was also actively engaged in Masonic-affiliated fraternal organizations, serving as Worthy Matron in the Olympia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Daughters of the Nile Selah Club, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine and the Olympia Women's Club. During her time in San Antonio, Lois became an active honorary member of Women's Council of Realtors, Certified Residential Specialists, and St Matthew's Catholic Church. She loved music, being an accomplished pianist, and having an active and inquisitive mind, loved to read and travel. She is survived by her daughter Judith, son James (Kathy), great friend Pat Farrell, grandchildren Scott, Cory, Lorien, and Dan, and three great grandsons, Inoke, Ezra, and Jack.
A memorial service is planned for 10:00 am on Friday, May 31st at Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater, WA, followed by interment at Olympic Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held in San Antonio, TX at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Olympia, WA Order of Amaranth Scholarship Fund or to the
Published in Express-News on May 26, 2013