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Dortha Lee (Rainey) Harris

May 12, 1936 ~ July 3, 2018 (age 82)

 

Dortha Lee Rainey Harris of Greenwood passed from this life to her heavenly home on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  Dortha was 82 years, one month and three weeks old.  Dot was born to Fred Rainey and Daisy Brown Rainey on May 12, 1936, in Fort Smith, AR.  She was preceeded in death not only by her parents, but also by her sister and brother in law Bonnie and Ray Keck. 

 

Dot is survived by her husband Harold Gene Harris of the home.  They had been married for 63 years and 11 months.  She is also survived by her only child Lewis Ray Harris, his wife Penny and their daughter Emma Daisy Harris.  Dot is also survived by one niece Lora Keck Grosvold and Dave and two step brothers Jimmy King of Lewisville, TX and Willard King of Memphis, TN. 

 

Dot grew up in Fort Smith living life to the fullest with her sister Bonnie by her side.  They played at the Salvation Army as well as were members of and attended church at the Salvation Army Church.  However life changed drastically for Dot’s family when her father, Fred Rainey passed away when Dot was only a sophomore in high school.  Dot went to work at that time after school and on weekends at the Boston Store and worked there until she graduated from Fort Smith High School.

 

Dot’s brother in law, Ray Keck, introduced her to his life long friend Harold Harris and they married soon after on August 5, 1954.   They worked together in their own bakery when they were first married.  Dot was a highly skilled, self taught cake decorator and her work was second to none. 

 

She began her banking career with First Federal Savings and Loan in 1962 and she held that job through all of the company name changes and her own rise in the ranks to Vice President until she retired in 2002.  Dortha, as she was known professionally was loyal, highly respected and a mentor to many.  She truly loved her profession, retirement did not come easy for her.

 

In the early years of the marriage Dot and Harold were avid water skiers.  They enjoyed bowling weekly for years and the family was involved in a local archery club.  Dot loved being a band parent and was the best motocross mom ever.  She loved taking Lewis to church.  They were members of Walnut Street Baptist Church early on and then joined Cavanaugh Freewill Baptist Church. 

 

Dot was a great wife, mother, mother in law, and devoted grandmother.  She will forever be in our hearts.

 

Dot was involved in a world wide blind study of 400 dementia patients.  We feel this study may have lengthened her life before the disease took her.  We want to thank Dr. Linker, Dr. Craft, Pink Bud Nursing Home, Senior Care at Sparks and Peachtree Hospice. 

 

Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 2 PM at Smith Mortuary Chapel, Charleston, AR, with burial to follow at Morris Cemetery in Bloomer, AR under the direction of Smith Mortuary.  Reverend Jimmy Cook will officiate.  Visitation will be 1 PM until service time. 

 

Pallbearers will be Billy Roberts, Jimmy King, Nelson Resch, Tim Miller, and Kenny Schlag.  Honorary pallbearers will be Herschel Parker, Jerry Vest, David Armbruster, Cosby Hodges.

 

 

 

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