Betty “JoAnn” Harris, 81, of Salem, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem.
She was born March 21, 1939, in McClure, Illinois, the daughter of James and Ella Mae (Rudluff) Matlock. On May 29, 1969, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, she married Marvin Eugene “Gene” Harris, and he preceded her in death on May 24, 2016.
JoAnn, as most people knew her, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was employed by J.C. Penney, Walmart, and the Uniform Shop, as a sales associate. She enjoyed going to Kentucky Lake and going out on the pontoon. JoAnn also enjoyed playing bingo, pinochle, spades, and dominoes. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by one daughter, Joy Kingsley and husband Bert of Kell; one son, Mark Metje and wife Melodie of Kuttawa, Kentucky; four granddaughters, Ashley Metje of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Kylee Gobin and husband Drew of Kuttawa, Kentucky, Kristen Booher and husband Alan of Salem, and Audra Nix and husband Kyle of Salem; five great-grandchildren, Halle, Colton, Kellen, Owen, and Savannah; two sisters, Louise Ring of Iowa and Sue Clinginsmith of Missouri; and one brother, Gary Matlock of Missouri.
In addition to her husband, Marvin “Gene” Harris, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and five brothers.
In accordance with JoAnn’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and private graveside services will be held at Zion Grove (County Line) Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, and will be accepted by mail to the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830. Online condolences may be made at www.osbornfuneral.com, or on the Osborn Funeral Home Facebook page.