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Ida Harris



Ida Fay Harris passed away on May 4, 2011, at Yakima Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.

Ida Fay was born Nov. 8, 1936, to Robert and Leola Griggs in Heppner, Ore. Ida Fay was raised in the Heppner and Spray area with her nine siblings. Starting at a young age, Ida Fay spent summers feeding the harvest crews in Spray at her sister Aloha and Mike Medlock’s ranch. This was where Ida’s love of cooking and her life as a caregiver began.

On Sept. 4, 1954, Ida Fay married the love of her life, James M. Harris in Spray, and they began their adventurous life together. Ida followed Jim wherever the road would lead. In Klamath Falls, Ore., Ida worked in a restaurant while Jim learned to fly and continued logging. In the 1960s, the road led them to Goldendale where Jim’s family was from. It was then that Ida and Jim started Harris Flying Service to crop dust in the spring. Ida ran the business and was Jim’s right hand for more than 30 years.

In addition to the business, they operated a small family farm west of Goldendale on Harris Rd. where Ida kept everyone in line. It’s a good thing they had a large family to help her while Jim was on the road. In addition to managing the business and farm, she was a 4-H leader and Brownie Scout Leader. When at all possible Ida was at Jim’s side; whether it was on a long haul truck trip, or in the pit at the air races or car races. One of their favorite activities was competing in the Reno Air Races for many years where they made many great friends. Jim would fly and Ida would keep him organized.

Ida loved rocking babies, visiting new places, the sweet sound of the slot machines, fishing and camping, mushroom hunting, riding 4-wheelers, watching the kids at the rodeos, livestock shows, basketball games and whatever else she decided to pursue.

Ida had many joys in her life; her greatest was her family. Ida Fay loved celebrating special occasions with her family, where she would share her renowned cooking skills, and follow it up with a lively game of pinochle.

She is survived by daughters Peggy (Bruce) Davenport and Gail (Jack) Garcia of Goldendale, and Kelly Harris of Ellensburg. Ida Fay was Grandma Idee to all who knew her, and will be missed by all of her grandchildren (13), great-grandchildren (11), nieces and nephews.

Ida Fay has been reunited with many whom she missed; her beloved husband Papa Jim, her son Bill, her grandson Mac Stewart and her granddaughter Dusty Nicole Garcia, in addition to her parents and many of her siblings.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church. Memorials can be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, PO Box 5371/ S-200, Seattle, WA 98145-5005.

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