HARRIS, BRENDA

BRENDA ELAYNE (MacDONALD) HARRIS Clarinda, Iowa Mar. 5, 1961-Mar. 13, 2020 Brenda Harris, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Friday, March 13, 2020 at Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, Florida. Funeral Services were held 10:30 AM Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Chuck Mayer officiating. Open visitation was held 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment was held at the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. Brenda Elayne MacDonald was born to Jerold and Beverly (Howard) MacDonald (Bella Vista, AR) on March 5, 1961 in Clarinda, Iowa. Brenda was our first child and the first grandchild for Jim and Carol MacDonald and the fourth grandchild for Harley and Vera Parker Howard. In high school she was a cheerleader for four years and drum major for the band. She loved to sing and enjoyed being a member of the school small groups. Brenda and her friends would sit on our porch roof, look at stars and plan the future. On her 12th birthday all of Brenda's classmates came for a party. Brenda left them to celebrate while she went to the farrowing house to watch her gilt have her first litter of pigs. Her love of animals was second only to her love for her family. Holidays were always more special because of the effort she gave to make them that way. Shopping, crafts, quilting, cooking and playing games gave all of us many great memories. How blessed we are to be her family. As the angels sang to welcome her, Heaven and our hearts became her new home. Brenda became a big sister to Leann (Harley) Wilt of Onsted, MI when she was 1 year and 5 months old. Being so close in age, a strong and unbreakable bond was created between sisters that lasted through the years regardless of the miles that separated us. We shared so many conversations of our dreams and plans, we were able to live our dream of wintering in Florida the last three months. Traveling together became treasured experiences and many fond and funny memories were made. A few years later, Brad (Brenda) MacDonald of Shenandoah, IA became Brenda's baby brother. Brad shared many laughter filled days with Brenda. A favorite memory was being out dancing and Larry missed Brenda's hand and she fell back, legs up in a dress. She did not want any assistance getting up and made her displeasure with Larry well known. Yes, Brad was laughing but always willing to help his sister out. As kids, showing pigs at the fair and the social status of having a big sister with a fair box were fond memories. On July 30, 1983, Brenda married the man she loved, Larry Harris of Clarinda, IA a marriage that stood solid for nearly 37 years. Brenda and Larry enjoyed just being together. Every night in the spring, summer, and fall was started off by front porch time, spending many hours enjoying the outside watching the world go by, discussing all the world problems and coming up with the solutions. There were 3 wonderful children born to this union, each having their own unique sets of joy and special experiences. On spring and summer nights, after work and school you could usually find the whole Harris bunch tending and caring for the cattle that the kids showed at the fair. Brenda was a very special girl and will be truly missed. Life will go on, but that certain flicker that Brenda brought to all that knew her will be forever diminished. Clayton (Samantha) Harris of Clarinda, IA was the first-born child to Brenda and Larry. Brenda took immense pleasure in the awesomeness that she created. Brenda was MeMa to Kingston and Lila who were the light of her life. Brenda's eyes lit up when she spoke of her grandchildren. My mother was the light to those around her and also feared by most for no reason. She was stuck in her ways and would let you know what she was thinking. We would butt heads but at the end we would hug it out. Although she was stubborn as a mule, she would melt over her grandchildren just being around. My mom was amazing and I'm glad that she gave me the life I have. Colton Harris became the second child born and Brenda was very active in all things Colton did. She could always be found on a Friday night cheering him on in his and Clayton's football games. They had a way of communicating without words and jacking with one another. Colton preceded Brenda in death and welcomed her into heaven with open arms. The two of them are singing and dancing with the angels. Kallen Harris of Lincoln, NE was the youngest child. Kallen and Brenda made the perfect mother/ daughter pair and shared a love for crafting and quilting. Brenda helped Kallen with all of her 4H quilts. Brenda would make trips to see Kallen and they would spend the day shopping, singing in the car and doing some sort of craft project. Brenda was always Kallen's biggest supporter and their connection was unbreakable. Jennifer (Caleb) Mincer, Logan (Cailee) MacDonald, Adam (Veronica) Sobotka, Matt (Jenna) Sobotka, Marci (Daniel) Castillo, Jodie Woosley, Jill Brueggemann , Nicole (Craig) Rodosalewicz and Darrell (Erica) Wilt were nieces and nephews of Brenda's. Brenda was the sister in-law to Larry's 3 sisters. Debbie (Mark) Dean Lincoln NE, Karlene (Jerry) Brueggemann Fairbury NE, and Janet (Don) Sobotka, Cortland NE. Brenda was preceded in death by infant brother Brett MacDonald and sister in-law Karlene Brueggemann, maternal and paternal grandparents, and very loved son Colton Lee Harris, a sadness she could never overcome. Brenda was a happy person who enjoyed interaction with others, she was a true people person. Prior to her retirement, Brenda had worked at Clarinda Greenhouse and Pella Windows. Brenda owned and operated The Quilt Shop in Clarinda for several years. She was a talented creator of quilts and loved to help others create their own patterns. Brenda was a member of the Quilt Guild and enjoyed many quilting weekends with her friends. Most recently, Brenda worked at the Icehouse in Clarinda. It was not unusual to see her dancing and having fun with the regulars. Brenda heard the music in life and danced to the beat of her own drum. She was full of life and full of joy and shared it freely with those around her.

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