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Helen Joan Harris

January 5, 1931 — October 24, 2021

North English- Helen "Joan" Harris, 90, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the English Valley Care Center in North English. Joan was born January 2, 1931 in North English, Iowa the daughter of Lowell & Henrietta (Whitmore) Churchill. She graduated from North English High School in 1948. On September 3, 1949 Joan was united in marriage to Larry Wayne Harris in North English. She was a lifelong farm wife and resident of North English. Joan was a member of the North English Christian Church. She worked at the English Valley Care Center for a number of years. Joan was a great cook and seamstress, but more importantly, she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by a son John (Gelene) Harris of Muscatine; three daughters Linda (John) Hester of Lone Tree, Nancy (Denny) Achenbach of North English and Mary (Lester) Ott of Swisher; twelve grandchildren Timothy (Andrea) Harris, Nicholas Harris, Joseph (Autumn) Harris, Angie Hester, Shelly (Keith Rozsell) Martin, Kelly (Rick Howell) Hester, Jody (Dave) Richards, Spencer (Brooke) Achenbach, Drew (Andrea) Achenbach, Todd (Christin) Achenbach, JoAnna (Jon) Brown and Lee (Nikki) Ott; twenty eight great grandchildren, one great, great grandson; and three sisters-in-law Carma Septer of Williamsburg, Mary Ann Fuller of Keswick and Mary Lou Harris of North English. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry in 2019; and three brothers-in-law Paul Septer, Dick Fuller and Jerry Harris.

A private family graveside service will be held in the North English Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the English Valley Care Center. Messages and tributes may be left at

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