Florence “Tudy” Marie Harris
Our precious mother, Florence “Tudy” Harris passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on July 3, 2022 with family by her side.
Tudy was born on June 8, 1934 to Maurice and Barbara (Ruckmann) Houts in Estherville, IA and was the eldest of eight children. She resided in Estherville throughout her childhood and young adult life.
On September 28, 1952 she was united in marriage to Harlen E. Harris and they were blessed with ten children. Tudy devoted her life’s work to raising her children and enjoyed being able to dedicate all of her time being a loving mother and grandmother. Nothing brought Tudy more joy than gathering her family around the table to play cards and enjoy life. Her favorite games were Hand & Foot, Thirty-One and most recently, The Penny Drop.
She will be lovingly be remembered by her former spouse and father of their children, Harlen Harris of Jackson, MN. Seven children, Mickayla (John) Fischer of Battle Creek, IA; Jacalyn (Mike) Schnepf of LeMars, IA; Victoria (Dave) Bohnenkamp of Council Bluffs, IA; Diane (Wayne) Wolf of Waco, TX; Thomas (Joyce) Harris of Ankeny, IA; Randy (Jane) Harris of Winona, MN and Cynthia (Don) Emdia of Donnellson, IA. Daughter-in-law, Donita Harris of Backas, MN and Son-in-law, Keith Koopman of Le Mars, IA. Siblings, Marcia Sauls, Fay Dean (Bob) Willardson, David (Martha) Houts and Micheal Houts. She will also be dearly missed by 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Tudy is preceded in death by both parents, siblings, Maurice “Mickey” Houts, Sandra Couples and Barbara Kathman. She will also be reunited with her daughter, Kelly S. Koopman and sons Kevin “Roy” Harris and Marlen “Sam” Harris who passed before her.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm at Hoy Kilnoski Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service, also at the funeral home. The family will direct memorials.