Ella Mae Harris, 86, of Prineville died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Ochoco Care Center. She was born in Hay Springs, Nebraska one of three children to Jesse and Bessie (Leimbach) Hanks.
She attended and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1938.
Ella married Melburn Harris on Sept. 6, 1940 in Alliance, Neb. They moved from Nebraska to Oregon in 1943. During their early years they lived in several towns in Oregon where her husband worked as a truck driver. They lived in Pendleton, where she worked at St. Anthony Hospital as a cook from 1955 to 1965. They lived in Baker City from 1969 where Ella worked for St. Elizabeth Hospital as a cook, until they returned to Pendleton in 1975. Upon their return to Pendleton, Ella managed an apartment complex and was the caretaker for her husband who was battling kidney failure.
After her husband's death in 1980, Ella moved back to Baker City to be closer to her son Mike and his family. In 1989 Ella moved to Pendleton to be closer to her son Bob and his family and then in 1990 she moved to Prineville to be closer to her daughter Sharon and her family.
Ella resided at the Desert Gardens in Prineville until her health failed in 2004 and then she lived with her daughter Sharon and her family. In 2005 she resided at the Ochoco Care Center until her death. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Ella was an excellent cook, she had a great sense of humor, and she enjoyed camping, playing cards, and going for rides. She had a great time playing jokes on family members. She was full of life. She will be missed by many, but most of all by her family.
Ella is survived by: her daughter Sharon and her husband Dick Kendall of Prineville, Ore.; sons Robert Harris and his wife Sharon of Pendleton, Ore., Donald Harris of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Michael Harris and his wife Gina of Albany, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Patty Harris, Brenda Plummer, Deborah Harris, Jill Smith, Travis Harris, Brianna Harris, Krista Cleveland and Samantha Harris and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister and her husband Melburn Harris and one grandson-in-law.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Bishop Curt Workman will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Ochoco Care Center. Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.