Claudia Christine Harris, age 68, of Moulton, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at her home.
Claudia was born on July 21, 1951 in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Ned Ronald Clark and Ruth Mae (Holland) Clark. She graduated from Centerville High School with the Class of 1969. Following high school, Claudia married Olen Hand Jr., and to this union, a son was born, Terry. She was later united in marriage to Darrell Harris on March 18, 1977, and to this union, Claudia gained three children, Richard, Rex and Sheila.
Claudia worked at Wells Manufacturing for many years. She retired on July 29, 2016. She was an active bowler for many years as well, and enjoyed bowling with her friends on league nights. Claudia was an animal person, who loved her horses and cats. She was extremely fond of Halloween, and enjoyed seeing all of the costumes, and scaring her grandchildren with her costumes. Claudia was also an avid reader, and even transitioned to reading on her Kindle. She also enjoyed ceramics. Claudia was very fond of spending time with her friends and going to the movies with them and their weekend trips. She was a huge NASCAR fan, especially her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3. Following his death and the retirement of the #3, she began rooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88. Most importantly, Claudia loved spending time with her family, and looked forward to being called Grammie by her grandchildren. She enjoyed having them over for sleepovers when they were young, taking them to the movies throughout their life, and watching them grow.
Left to cherish Claudia’s memory are her husband of 43 years, Darrell Harris; her children, Terry (Jennifer) Hand of Exline, Richard Harris of Oskaloosa, Rex (Sheri) Harris of Moulton, and Sheila (Scott) Palmer of Mystic; siblings, Carol (Larry) Drake of Exline, Jimmie (Melinda) Clark of Centerville, and David (Kelli) Clark of Mystic; eight grandchildren, Kristen Feeney, Whitney (Aaron) Ballanger, Chelsey (Jake) Scanlan, Austin Harris, Erin (Quinten) Merritt, Lucas Hand, Kylee Harris, and Connor Hand; five great grandchildren, Quintyn Feeney, Adalynn Ballanger, Dayden Ballanger, Lincoln Merritt, as well as one on the way, Baby Scanlan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, Ned and Ruth Clark; her first husband, Olen Hand Jr.; a sister, Cynthia Clark; brothers, Ronnie Clark, Gary Clark, Richard Clark, and Alan Clark; a niece, Tracey Clark; as well as numerous other family members including grandparents, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Reverend Jerry Weller officiating. Burial will follow the service at Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour. An open visitation will take place from 8:00AM-2:00PM Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with the family greeting friends from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Social distancing guidelines will still be enforced at this time. Memorials have been established to either the MercyOne Centerville Infusion Center, Moulton First Responders or the Moulton United Methodist Church and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, C/O the Harris Family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.