Dorothy Elaine Harris

Dorothy Elaine Harris passed away on Friday, March 13, in Evanston. She was born on July 26, 1930, in Evanston, to John James and Dorothy Brown Martin, the oldest of five children.

Elaine was married to James Earl Harris on July 2, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity by Apostle Mark E. Petersen. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life and served in many callings, including Relief Society president twice, Gospel Doctrine teacher for 10 years, an early morning seminary teacher and a temple worker in the Ogden, Utah, Temple for several years. 

Her family lived in Woods Cross, Utah, for several years where she began her schooling. They moved to a ranch in Hilliard, where she spent the remainder of her youth. She attended a one-room schoolhouse and rode the wagon or sleigh to school every day. She worked hard on her parents’ ranch, milking 40 cows every morning and night and also worked hard in the hay fields.

When she began high school, she moved to Evanston to live with an aunt. She finished 11th grade before leaving school for marriage. She graduated from high school by taking the GED in 1969, when her two oldest children graduated.

Her greatest love was being a mother and homemaker. She loved each of her five children dearly and loved taking care of them. She also always kept a lovely, clean, well-organized house.

After she received her high school diploma, she went to work at the Wyoming State Hospital as a nursing assistant and then was asked by Dr. Karn to join the secretarial pool, where she worked for several years. She also worked at the Welling Auto Dealership, and then was a secretary in the school district for many years until she retired.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, who delighted in her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed making baby blankets for each new grandchild and great-grandchild as they were born. She loved people, and everyone she met became a friend.   

Elaine is survived by her children: John (Kim) Harris of Orem, Utah; Donna (Wayne) Madsen of Ypsilanti, Michigan; Garth (Sharon) Harris of Herriman, Utah; Dan (Christine) Harris of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Mark (Kari) Harris of Casper; eighteen grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; her brother, Aaron (Nancy) Martin of Almy; and her sister, Charlotte Hooton of Union, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim; brothers, Merrill James and John Westley Martin; and grandson, Tyler Harris.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at Crandall Funeral Home.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the funeral will be for family only. Viewing will be on Friday for family an hour before services. Friends may call for viewing from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at Crandall Funeral Home. Interment will follow the funeral in the Evanston City Cemetery. To send flowers and greetings to Elaine’s family, please send to the funeral home.

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