Beverly A. Harris, currently of Little Canada, formerly of Mora, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. She was 87 years old.
She was born to Oscar and Lillian Johnson of Osakis, where she was raised and attended school. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Education with a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega. After starting her physical education career in the Twin Cities area, she was united in marriage to John (Jack) Harris also of Osakis.
Eventually they made their home in Mora where they raised their three children, Jim, Jody and Ted. This marriage ended in 1979, and soon after she made the hard decision to leave Mora to find more stable employment in the Twin Cities. She found the perfect job working in the athletic department at Breck School in Golden Valley. She worked at Breck School until her retirement. She remained in the Twin Cities area after retirement to stay close to her children and grandchildren.
She stayed in close contact with her many treasured friends from Mora. She had enjoyed golf league, dinner parties, other community organizations and, of course, her passion, the Mora Vasaloppet. She was proud to be part of this organization where she volunteered her time since the beginning days, and proudly became the Kranskulla in 1983.
Wherever life’s path took her she easily made friends and will be remembered as a kind, caring, compassionate, fun loving person who will be missed immensely by her family, and by all that knew her.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Jim and Ted; father to her children, Jack Harris; and brothers Lowell (Rose) Johnson and Curtis Johnson.
She is survived by daughter, Jody (Paul) Wittner; daughter-in-law, Jeanne (Eric) Harris-Flom; sisters-in-law, Myl Harris and Nancy Johnson; grandchildren Ben, Morgan, Teddy, Monica, Hannah and John; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held this spring. Memorials preferred to the Mora Vasaloppet, P.O. Box 22, Mora, MN 55051. At her request, her body has been donated to the Anatomy Bequest Program of the University of Minnesota.