Phyllis Kay Badger Harris, 82, of Laurie, Mo., passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with her husband and son at her side.
Phyllis Kay Badger Harris, 82, of Laurie, Mo., passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with her husband and son at her side. She was born on September 22, 1937, in Browning, Mo., the daughter of Lora and Asa Badger She graduated from Browning High School in 1955 and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. She married Franklin Harris of Milan, Mo., in 1958, and on August 30, they celebrated 61 years of marriage.
She is survived by her husband Franklin and son John (Cari); by her brother James Badger (Elaine) and family of Casper, Wyo., and by three grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Rinne and Claire Harris. She was preceded in death by her daughter Cynthia Rinne. For 27 years, Kay and Franklin called Lincoln, Neb., home, where Franklin was employed by the Nebraska State Department of Health, and Kay had a successful career as a realtor. She was appointed by the governor to the state real estate commission where she served for 10 years.
In 1995, Kay and Franklin retired to the Lake of the Ozarks near Laurie, Mo. There Kay's focus turned to making her home beautiful both inside and out. She was an avid gardener and couldn’t wait to get out each spring and dig in her many flower beds. She loved her grandchildren and delighted in sharing her sewing and cooking skill with them. She was a long-time lover of cats and was a supporter of the animal shelter in Laurie. She loved boating and particularly enjoyed Elks outings in the pontoon boat on 90-mile trips to Warsaw, Mo. She was a world-class hostess, welcoming and feeding members of the extended Franklin and Harris families on many occasions Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, 417 Silvey Road, in Laurie with Pastor Tim Lee officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Graveside services and interment will be in Garber Memorial Estates. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ozarks Kat and K-9 Shelter, 17290 MO-5, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 65079, or the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church, 305 N Main St, Gravois Mills, Mo., 65037. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.