DESOTO COUNTY

Mrs. Ruth K. Harris, AKA “Hanmama,” 81, passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital.  Ruth was born in Horn Lake, on November 14, 1936 to Harmon Ralph Kahlor and Ruth Willard Allen.  She graduated from Ottawa High School in Kansas on May 27, 1955.  Ruth married William Bowen Harris on June 17, 1956 and together they attended Hernando United Methodist Church.  Ruth worked for the extension service before becoming the long-time attendance clerk of Hernando High School.  Ruth loved her husband Bill first and foremost and she loved her family. She also had a love of gardening, cooking and sewing.  She was a very selfless wife, mother, grandmother and guide to the many children she encountered at Hernando High School.  She leaves behind three children, Dianne Congleton, Marion Harris (Tabitha), Richard Harris (Susan); five grandchildren, Brandon, Ashley, Drew, Joseph and Katherine and four great grandchildren, Jacob, Mattison, Charlotte and Daniel.  Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hernando Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at Hernando United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Saturday with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow in Hernando Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.