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Joyce Elaine (Loomis) Harris was born January 26, 1933, to Thomas and Augusta (Rathbun) Loomis in Onawa, Iowa. She grew up in Onawa and attended school there. Joyce married Maynard Harris January 15, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in Vermillion, South Dakota. The couple lived and farmed east of Moorhead. Joyce worked as the secretary at the Midwest Iowa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Center in Onawa. She then became the bookkeeper and retired as executive director of the three regional offices. After retirement, Joyce, with the help of Maynard worked at the Midway Tavern for Steve. Joyce also took care of shipping of the many books authored by her daughter-in-law, Shon. Joyce lost her love of 59 years when Maynard passed away on November 25, 2011.
Joyce was a member of the Moorhead Christian Church, was active in the women’s circle, and served as a Deacon. She enjoyed playing Bridge and hosting parties. She loved to dance with Maynard and travel to Las Vegas ~ especially the Golden Nugget. Joyce dressed to a “T” and loved her jewelry. She never missed a phone call to her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids on their birthdays and anniversaries.
Joyce died on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at her home in Moorhead at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 21 days.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband Maynard Harris; two sons, Steve and Tom Harris; daughter-in-law, Shon Harris; brother, Tom Loomis; and two sisters, Patricia Cooper and Mary Jane Loomis. She is survived by two children, Joni Swenson of Spirit Lake, Iowa, David Harris and his wife Johana of San Antonio, Texas; son-in-law, Kevin Swenson of Soldier, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Sandy Harris of Soldier, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.