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Doris Maxine (Marsch) Harris

May 5, 1928 ~ December 13, 2018 (age 90)

Doris Maxine (Marsch) Harris, 90, of Evansville, IN, went home to be with the Lord on December 13, 2018, while holding her husband’s hand. She was born in Hancock County, KY, May 5, 1928 to the late Charles Burke Marsch and Myrtle Abb (Chappell) Marsch. Doris was Charles and Myrtle’s 9th out of the 12 children.

Doris’ first love was her family.  She always made the most of her time with everyone and if you weren’t related family, she still made you feel as if you were family. Doris is survived by her husband of 68 years, Pete Harris and their two children, Tim Harris (Elizabeth) and daughter, Jayne Mills (Jim). Her siblings, Barbara Vandever, Mitchell Marsch, and Agnes Ellison (Joe). She has five grandchildren, whom she made feel the most special as if they each were her only one: Abby, Kelly, Jamie, Jake and Taylor. Her 9 great grandchildren were treated no differently as she loved every moment with them and never forgot to ask how they were or what they were up to.  She made it her life to be a part of all our lives.  Some of the best memories for the grandchildren come from her love for travel, as she and Grandpa Pete would take us all on a vacation each summer as kids.  They would take any opportunity to share with us their knowledge and love for nature, birds, flowers, trees and history, but they also knew when it was time to play.  Swimming, exploring, baking and playing dress-up were all just another normal day spent with Grandma.  Never saying no (to any reasonable request), she even let the grandchildren try on all her fancy jewelry and hats!  She always had the time to spend and was always there when needed for each and everyone one of us.

Doris kept busy with her love of golf, bird watching, playing cards with her friends, and was an active member at First Baptist Church Evansville, IN, for 69 years. She made everyone there feel just as special, as if they were also her family.  She would find the time to send a nice card to anyone who just needed a sweet hello and loved every card she received.  She was always willing and ready to help in any way possible with the youth, kids, adults, families or just the well-being of the church building.  She has so many great people in her life and that is because of the most awesome person she was.  She was loved by many and she loved many.

          “A beautiful life that came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend.

          In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.”

She had the opportunity to spend her last moments at Bethel Manor in Evansville, IN, and I know she would want to send a huge thank you to the staff there for going above and beyond the call of duty for her. They had nothing but compassion and a caring heart for her. Her family cannot say enough great things and appreciate all you did for her as she completed her time here with us. You all became her friends and more people she got to share her love with. Thank you!!

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Juanita Powell, Leota Ray, Lani-Ann Schmidt, Janet Marsch, Rudell Simmons; brother, Eugene “Franklin” Marsch, and 2 infant brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 320 Cherry Street, Evansville, with Pastor Steve Claspell officiating. Entombment will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018 at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, and from 10:00 a.m. until service time, Monday, December 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church.

In leu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church at 320 Cherry Street, Evansville, IN 47713.

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