Helen Irene (Sours) Harris, 90, Green Springs, Ohio , passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Parkview Care Center at 3:35 am. She was born in McCutchenville, Ohio, a daughter and one of twelve children of Thurman Sours of Sours Hollow Ky. and Marietta (Swerlein) Sours of Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Helen attended McCutchenville grade school where she was a cheerleader mascot, and then attended Old Fort School. When her family moved to Green Springs, she was active at that school and was a cheerleader there. At the age of thirteen, she also held jobs, babysitting cleaning and caring for others along with the rest of her siblings to help sustain the family. Helen was a 1945 graduate of Green Springs High School.
After a long courtship she married Donald Ward Harris of Harris Potato Farms on November 10, 1945 in Fremont, Ohio, and he proceeded her in death of heart failure May 30 1975 at 54 years of age.
Helen was a homemaker, wife and very active participative mother to three children. Later she became a receptionist at St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital, till her husband died at which time she obtained her license and became owner, operator of Don HARRIS INSURANCE AGENCY, Green Springs, Ohio. She retired in 1992.
She was a member of Green Springs United Methodist Church, and then a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Ohio. Helen enjoyed sewing and she and her husband enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, going to farm sales, the Amish country, and making fancy 3 wick scented candles with friend Bill Jenny. She had enjoyed a trip with longtime friend Peg Crum to Reading, England. Through her last days at home she enjoyed her trips with friend Irma Smith. Helen enjoyed taking care of her flower gardens and was a long time member of the RFD Garden Club as well as the Green Springs Stemtown Historical Society.
Helen is survived by her three children; Bill, Green Springs. OH., Bob (Janice), Clyde, OH, Debby (Larry) McGrain, Urbana, OH, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, a brother in-law, Leon (Ginger) Boucher, Dublin, OH, sister-in-law, Phyllis (Don) Sours, Green Springs, OH, and the last surviving member of the twelve Sours Children, Patricia (Merle) Hummell, St. Charles, IL.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Don, father-in-law Carl Harris, mother-in-law Jenny (Mike) Harris, sister -in-law, Betty (Ned) Nahm, Helen’s parents, sisters Garnets (Milton) Hetrick, Virginia (Leon) Boucher, Matilda (Vincent) Hetrick, Dorothy (Denver) Bergemen, and brothers Robert, Edward (Patricia), Richard (Mary), James (June), Donald (Phyllis), Denver (PeeWee) Sours.
The family thanks friend and physician Dr. Charles Valone, Jr. for his help and friendship during our mother’s transition from healthy through Alzheimer’s and the final passing as well as, Brittany Sherman, Parkview Care Center and Heartland Hospice Care and others.
Arrangements are being provided by Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, Green Springs, OH. Since Helen has outlived most of her friends and relatives No visitation or service will be held Helen will be interred at the Green Springs Cemetery beside her beloved husband.
Financial Memorials may be made to Fremont Medical Center, 1223 Oak Harbor Rd., Fremont, OH 43420, or your local Alzheimer’s organization.
“lT WAS JUST A MOMENT AGO” and now “DONE TOO SOON”
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My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Helen Harris. She was such a friendly person and I have lots of fond memories of her. Gary and I used a candle made by her at our wedding for our unity candle. I can still remember what it looked like. RIP Helen.
Diane & Bernie Darr
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We remember your Mother as a friendly warm person.
Scott & Theresa Swavel
Our deepest sympathy for the family. Sending prayers.
Bob and Jan, Lindsay, Kyle and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you!
Jennifer and Neal Arnold and family
Richard & Brandy Escobedo
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.
Although I e-mailed Bob last week, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t post my condolences for the rest of the family. Helen always welcomed me into her home with that wide, warm, smile that would light up the room (even after I hit Bob in the head with my lunch box requiring a number of stitches). She was a wonderful lady and a great mom and I know that she will be dearly missed. For my close friends and their parents, she was the last of a generation. It is sad that they have all passed. Green Springs was a great place to grow up and parents like Helen helped to make it very special. I know that Helen will be missed. My mom and dad passed away many years ago and I still miss them. Helen will be remembered for the wonderful person that she was and will always have a special place in our hearts.
Milt Hetrick, Jr.
Bill, Bob and Debby. So sorry about the loss of your mother. Our sincere condolences. There are so many fond memories of your family that live on. As her nephew, Helen was indeed a special person, with a unique sense of self, strong, independent, and seemingly unperturbed by the drama of having 11 siblings and way too many nieces and nephews. May she rest in peace. May the loss you now feel, soon heal with fond memories of your life together with her.