Imogene Harris

December 02, 1931 ‒ April 14, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Imogene Harris, age 85, of Howard, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Knox Community Hospital. She was born on December 2, 1931 in Waverly, Ohio the daughter of Charles and Ida Mae (Wilson) Willis. Imogene worked in the payroll department at PPG before retiring as office manager of the Veteran Service Office of Knox County.

Imogene was an accomplished seamstress and in her younger years she was a swimming instructor in Gambier and served as a 4-H advisor for the sewing club. While growing up, her daughters always remembered how much she loved having their friends and the neighborhood children stop to visit. Imogene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother that will be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughters; Tyanna (Keith) Hughes of Howard and Jennifer Lucas of Grove City; two grandchildren, Corey Hughes and Timmy Lucas and a brother.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy Joe Harris; two brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. The family will observe a private burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Imogene Harris.

Memorial contributions in Imogene’s name may be made to your local 4-H group.

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  • Tyanna and family.
    We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. She is at peace and with your dad now. God Bless!

  • Tayanna, Sorry for the loss of your Mother. Thinking of you and your Family.
    Jim Wheeler & Kelly Corrigan

  • Hi Tyanna and Jennifer.
    so sorry for the loss of your Mom.

    your old “neighbor”

  • Tyanna and Jennifer & families,

    Jean was a sincere,trustworthy,compassionate, and understanding person and will be greatly missed. She was a pleasure to talk to and she was a wonderful friend!
    Your family is in our prayers.

    Mary Jo & Paul Eberwine

  • Tyanna and Jennifer & families,
    When I heard of the passing of your mother, my mind went back to when your family and mine were living in the same neighborhood. We had some great times!
    I’ll never forget when we waiting for the school bus. Your mom told us to come to your garage. I was slowly walking over and your mom kept saying,”Hurry,hurry!”
    I kept going at a slow pace.
    Your mom yelled, “Paula Jo, HURRY UP!”
    I continued walking and reached your garage.Your mom was so upset with me. She said,”Why didn’t you come quicker?”
    I’ll never forget when I looked at your mom and said,” You can’t yell at me. It’s my birthday! I was walking slow because I couldn’t mess up my cupcakes!” Next, your mom just calmly turned me around and right where I was standing waiting for the school bus a tornado touched down and then jumped up and down making its own path of destruction!
    I believe that day your mom saved me, my brother and several others. Your mom was one great lady and I’m so glad she was a part of childhood. I’m a better person for having known her!
    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time!
    Former neighbor,
    Paula Jo (Eberwine) Blubaugh

  • Jennifer – Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you, your sister and the Harris family today. Will pray that you will be surrounded today and always by family and friends that will get you through this.
    Hugs, Peace and Love,

    Anne Dilley Powers

  • Dear Tyanna and Jennifer,
    I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. When your Mom worked at the Veterans Office we had a lot of long talks and a lot of laughs. I worked in the Recorder’s office and I was always sneaking into her office to talk to her. Good memories. She was always talking about the two of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Vickie Marra