Florence Olive (Blair) Harris

Photo, found on FindAGrave, courtesy of photographer Ray DeWitt.
Photo, found on FindAGrave, courtesy of photographer Ray DeWitt.

(September 14, 1897 - May 4, 1991)

The Lusk Herald
May 8, 1991

Florence O. Harris

Funeral services for Florence O. Harris, age 93, of Jay Em, are to be held today, Wednesday, May 8, 1991, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Torrington, Wyo., with Rev. Marilyn McGraw officiating. Interment of the cremains will take place at a later date. Memorial gifts to Forest Mound Chapel at Jay Em, or donor's choice would be equally appreciated by the family. She died at Casper, Wyo., on Saturday, May 4, 1991.

Harris was born Sept. 14, 1897, in Welsh Indian Territory, Okla., the daughter of Arthur and Mantha (Hart) Blair. Her parents homesteaded at the Waterhole Ranch north of Fort Laramie. She attended school at Canyon City, Colo., to become a teacher and she taught in rural schools in Wyoming.

She married Frank H. Harris on July 11, 1920 at her parents' homestead, and they ranched at Jay Em. Her husband died in 1967 and she has maintained her home at the Jay Em Ranch for 69 years.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, Goshen County Cowbelles, the Retired Teachers Association and was a charter member of the Goshen County Extension Club, and was an active 50-year member of the Wyoming Extension Homemaker Council. She served as chairman of Goshen County Planning Board in 1941 and was active in 4-H as a leader and supporter. She was honored in 1979 as Woman of the Year. She was instrumental in the building of Forest Mound Chapel in Jay Em.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark J. and Betty Harris of Jay Em and Dale W. and Ginger Harris of Torrington; a sister, Ruth Johnson of McCleery, Wash., 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

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