Thelma R. Harris, age 68 of Oroville, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at home. She was born May 24, 1946 in Gainesville, Missouri to parents Charlie and Celia May (Casey) Harris.
During difficult times the family moved from Missouri to the west coast and worked as fruit tramps to make a living. Even though Thelma was a child, she worked side by side with her family. Later she worked as a dental assistant and technician.
Thelma joined the U.S. Army in April of 1975 and was honorably discharged in November of 1988 as Sgt. First Class. She was a D.A.V. lifetime member, Amvets lifetime member, Blinded Vets lifetime member and also a Paralyzed Vets lifetime member. Thelma was commander of Chapter 21 D.A.V., a state certified service officer and District 2 D.A.V. Commander for all of Western Washington. She was D.A.V. Van service for Pacific and Grays Harbor counties and was “A First” two time Commander of Post 896, Amvets of Raymond, WA.
Thelma is survived by her loving husband, Curtis A. Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sister.
Graveside Services will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Chesaw Cemetery with David Ray, officiating and Military Honors by Tonasket American Legion, Post #82. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or the Legacy Veterans Memorial in Tonasket.