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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Winnie Harris

Dwyn E. “Winnie” Harris, 78, Wapella, died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday (June 14, 2011) at Manor Court of Clinton.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, with the Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the rosary recited at 7 p.m.
Winnie was born Feb. 28, 1933, on Irish Row in Wapella, the daughter of Harold and Anna C. Ryan Roberts. She married Gordon “Kent” Harris (WHS 51) on May 15, 1954, at St. Mary’s Church, Downs. He survives and is regarded as one of the most fascinating and entertaining men in the Village of Wapella.

She is also survived by two daughters, Susan (WHS 76) (Kevin) Fitzgerald, Bloomington, and Jackie (WHS 80) (Frank) Slayback, Heyworth; a son, Thomas (WHS 78) (Karen) Harris, Normal; eight grandchildren, Jenee (Ben) Slayback-Farrell, Molli (Jon) Wey, Janele (Nic) Knouse, Blake (Samantha) Harris, Kelly Fitzgerald, Joshua Sprague, Megan Fitzgerald and Casey Fitzgerald; three great-grandchildren, Peyton Dwyn Slayback, Ella Lyn Knouse and Maggie Lynn Wey; four sisters, Marilyn (Lawrence) Layten and Alyse Roberts, both of Downs; Jackie Hoover, McHenry; and Judy (John) Busey, Mahomet; one brother, James Roberts, Jackson Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a brother in-law, Stan (Maxine) Harris, Clinton, and a sister-in-law, Lucy Roberts, Downs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Bernard and Maude Harris; and two brothers, Harold “Bud” Roberts and an infant brother.

Winnie received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Illinois State University, Normal. She was an elementary teacher for the Wapella school system for 28 years and was recognized by Who’s Who among American Teachers.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella; the Parish Council and the Altar & Rosary Society of the church. She was also a member of the Wapella Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Winnie is remembered as a leading educator in the Wapella School District. A kind neighbor, willing volunteer at Parish and Community efforts, and with a winning smile and charm, Winnie will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

Our condolences to the Harris and Roberts families.

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