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Lena Harms - July 23, 2013


Lena Violet (Vance) Harms, age 94, of Holyoke, died July 23, 2013, in Holyoke. Lena was born Feb. 12, 1919, to Burton LeRoy and Cora May (Haskins) Vance at her home in rural Fleming.

She attended school through the eighth grade. She later became a telephone operator and worked at this job through her teenage years. Lena married Lester W. Harms, whom she was happily married to for 66 years. Together they lived and farmed near Paoli for 60-plus years, raising their children, LeRoy Gene, Walter LaMoine, Ryvonna and Judi.

A member of the Assembly of God Church, Lena served as a Sunday School teacher. On the farm she would happily stop what she was doing to attend to the needs of Lester and her children, always making time for them. She loved to read and crochet. In her later years she kept her spunky spirit and good humor. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Lester; and sons, LeRoy and Walter.

Surviving her are her daughters, Ryvonna Stephens and husband Dave of Emmett, Idaho, and Judi Deusterman and husband Dan of Holyoke; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held July 25 at the Holyoke Cemetery with Bryan Kroeger officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Gerk Funeral Homes was entrusted with the arrangements.