Beverly Ann Harris
December 1, 1935 - March 17, 2019
MASON CITY - Beverly Ann Harris, 83, of Mason City, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home unexpectedly. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1148 – 4th St SE, Mason City, Iowa. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time on Saturday. Memorials can be made out to the family of Beverly Harris. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Beverly was born December 1, 1935, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Mildred (Klein) Cawley. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1954. Beverly married her high school sweetheart. Merle Harris, on October 17, 1954 in Mason City.
Merle enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1955, and while stationed in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, their first daughter, Patricia, was born. Two years later, while stationed in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, their second daughter, Pamela, was born.
Beverly was a homemaker until her first granddaughter, Jennifer, was born. The plan was she would babysit her for a couple of months, but it didn't take long for Beverly to realize she was not going to relinquish that job to anyone else. Sam, Erin and Robby followed, and she babysat full-time for all of them. She called it the most rewarding job ever, but it was her grandchildren who benefited the most. Beverly was known by "Grandma Bev" to many of her grandkids' friends as well.
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Beverly's grandchildren were the loves of her life. She never missed an event, no matter what the activity. Whether it was a cheerleading or sporting event, dance recital, school program or anything involving her grandchildren, Jenny, Sam, Erin and Robby knew Grandma Bev would be there to support them and cheer them on.
Beverly and Merle had many wonderful friends over the years through camping, bowling, and playing cards. She met friends often during the week to go out for dinner and play cards or for coffee at the Village. Beverly loved to read and watch Hallmark movies.
Beverly is survived by two daughters, Patti (Tom) Wetter of Mason City, and Pamela Harris; grandchildren Jenny Wetter (Ross Wyeno) of Denver, Colorado, Sam (Lindsay) Wetter of Mason City, and Erin (Evan Schwarz) Mahoney of North Liberty; sisters-in-law Betty Lou Harris and Dorothy Nolte of Mason City, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lillian and Marvin Baker of Canoga Park, California, Mary Cawley of Silver Spring, Maryland, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband. Merle, and grandson, Robby, as well as her parents, two brothers, Frank and Larry Cawley, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924