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   Mary Jo (Frow) Harris, age 89, of Lamar, Missouri, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Truman Healthcare Center.

   Mary Jo was born June 11, 1925 at Lamar, Missouri, the daughter and only child of Major James Archibald and Cora Belle (Griffin) Frow.  She attended Lamar Schools and graduated high school in the class of 1943. After high school graduation, she attended the University of Missouri where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She often told stories of the great times she and her dear friends had at MU. Mary Jo later worked at the rationing board during World War II.

   On March 18, 1945, at her mother’s home in Lamar, Mary Jo married the love of her life, Dalton Harris and they shared 62 happy years together. Mary Jo is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Steve) Gilkey of Lamar, and Marianne (Lonnie) Elswick of Easton, PA; two sons, Jim (Glenda) Harris of Alamogordo, NM and David (Kim) Harris of St. Charles, MO. She had great pleasure in her nine grandchildren; John (Abby) Gilkey, Courtney (Jeff) Gardner, Katie Gilkey, Adam (Denette) Reed, Chad Harris, Cory (Tina) Harris, Andy (Alexandra) Harris, and Allison Harris. Grandson, Brad Reed, is in Heaven with his Nanny and Papa! Mary Jo had 15 great grandchildren: Jack and Hattie Gilkey, Jordin Colton, Emily, Hannah, and William Jeffries, Carter Young, Whittley, Marissa, Benton, Olivia, and Chloe Reed, Dalton, Luther, and Rohan Fortugno-Harris.

   Mary Jo became a member of her beloved First Baptist Church in Lamar in 1934. She was always very active in her church. She taught many years both to children and adults. She also taught Sunday School at Truman Healthcare (Chastains) for over 20 years. She was a longtime member of P.E.O. and had served as president and many other offices. She volunteered at the Good Samaritan Shop, Meals on Wheels, and at many church functions. Her greatest joy was being with her family and preparing amazing meals for all to enjoy.

   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Lamar First Baptist Church with burial at Lake Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 9:30 before the service.

   Contributions are suggested to the Brad Reed Memorial Scholarship or Lamar First Baptist Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#6 Lamar, MOCarolyn Gastel 2015-06-11 15:11
Sorry to hear of your loss and be so late responding. She was a such a sweet person, and I know you will all miss her for a long time to come. Sympathy to you all.
#5 Mesa, ArizonaRejeana Zinn Barker 2015-06-03 15:37
Jim, Glenda, and family, please know that I am praying for you. I send my sincere sympathy on the loss of Mary Jo. She was a lovely lady.
#4 Bella Vista ArkansasDorothy Hurst Miller 2015-06-02 05:22
O the memories of such a wonderful person I loved her dearly and got to see her every time I came to Lamar she was just like a second mother to me and did not find out until last night or I would have been there. You are like a second family to me we spent so much time together growing up and my heart hurts for you. I am so hoping you can take the ledgers and have them published as they are a record of all of our lives and so many people would enjoy them so much. Even it just told we had rain that day or something us kids had happen to us. Now that I am 70 I am realizing how much this history means to all of us. Your family had a lot to do with my growing up and I feel you are my brothers and sisters and I love you all. I knew the last time I was there it would not be long and I went to the car and cried because I knew we were losing her as I had to tell her who I was but so glad I did go. Praying for all of you.
#3 Springfield, Mo.John and Kathy Wagaman 2015-06-01 14:31

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#2 Joplin MOJon & Iola French 2015-05-31 13:01
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#1 Nancy Curless 2015-05-28 20:37
Jim, Nancy, Marianne and David, Thinking of you with sympathy and wishing you peace at this difficult time. It is so sad to lose a loving mother. You will have such wonderful memories and stories to cherish.

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