SIOUX CITY -- Avis L. Harms, 83, of rural Sioux City, and formerly of rural Hinton, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Avis Loretta Harms was born Aug. 1, 1921. in Sioux City, the daughter of William and Edith (Helfrich) Udell. She was raised in Sioux City and attended East High School. Following her education, Avis worked at various jobs in Sioux City as a nurse's aid, a cook, and at Zenith Corporation.
On May 12, 1963, Avis and Harvey Harms were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sioux City. They lived in Sioux City for a few years before moving near Lawton. Avis and Harvey later moved to an acreage near Hinton, where they spent the next 35 years. During those years, Avis and Harvey operated a restaurant in Lawton and Avis later worked as a domestic housekeeper. The last seven years were spent living close to Avis' daughter, Barb near Sioux City.
Avis was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sioux City. She enjoyed gardening and canning, handiwork and crocheting, as well as fishing with Harvey.
Survivors include her children, Mary Vogel and her husband, James of Sioux City, Patricia Beckwith and her husband, Dan of Burkburnett, Texas, Karen Berge and her husband, Melvin of Omaha, Neb., Earl Stough and his wife, Brenda of Sioux Falls, S.D., Barb Plendl and her husband, Walt of rural Sioux City, Roy Stough and his wife, Judy of Sioux Falls, S.D., Pauline Hiserote and her husband, Paul of Sioux City, and Gary Stough and his wife, Carol of Sioux City; 36 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Thomas Udell and his wife, Mary of Sioux City, Phyllis Drake of Ft. Collins, Colo., Junice LaFave of Wyoming, Mich., Gloria Goodwin and her husband, Clayton of Arnolds Park, and Gary Udell and his wife, Mary Jo of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant grandchildren Donald May, Troy Schuchard, Tammy Vogel and Teresa Stough; a grandson, Cory Vogel; three infant brothers and an infant sister; a sister Rosetta Hartin; and two brothers, David and William.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 612 Jennings, in Sioux City with the Rev. Kenny Hsu will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in Brunsville. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be John, Earl and Russell Stough, Sid Vogel, Dana Beckwith, Jason Stough, Brad Johnson, and Mike Ellison.