Dr. Catherine J. (Cathy) Harris

Born: Fri., Oct. 16, 1953
Died: Thu., Mar. 21, 2019


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 28, 2019
Location: Gude Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Mar. 28, 2019
Location: Gude Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 29, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Dr. Catherine Jean Harris was born on October 16, 1953 in Nebraska City, NE; the daughter of Leonard E. and Lois J. (Hartley) Harris.  She attended school at Lourdes Central in Nebraska City and graduated with the class of 1971.  She then attended Creighton University and graduated in 1975.  She continued her education at Creighton School of Medicine and graduated in 1979.  She furthered her professional growth with internship and residency in family practice in Omaha and different locations throughout the United States.  She settled in Michigan with a private practice in Family Medicine and currently worked at WMH Community Care Clinic-Kinross.

Cathy was a life long learner to advance her work as a physician.  She attended many conferences to provide better healthcare to her patients.  She had traveled to the Dominican Republic two times to provide medical support.  

Cathy enjoyed reading, hiking, tennis, bicycling and canoeing.  She provided support to family, friends and neighbors through her actions of fellowship and compassion.  She was devoted to the care of her mom and dad.  She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Paradise, MI.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Lois Harris.

She is survived by a sister Julie Elvers and husband Craig of Elkhorn, NE, brothers:  Tom Harris and wife Shelli of Omaha, NE and Bill Harris and wife Noreen of Nebr. City; friends that became family:  Mari McKinlay and her daughter, Julia Flores of Kalamazoo, MI; nephews:  Curtis Elvers (Brittany), Brian Harris (Rachel), Matthew Harris (Megan) and Jeffrey Harris; nieces:  Carolyn Navarro (Carlos), Caitlin Harris and Christine Harris; grand-nephews:  Parker Harris, Wesley Elvers and Leonel Navarro; great-nieces:  Viviana Navarro and Zoey Harris; aunts:  Sharlette Wadsworth of Nehawka, NE, Mary Ann Hartley of Omaha, NE and Jean Harris of Eugene, OR; other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Friday (3/29) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebr. City; burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday (2/28) at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be given to National Right To Life, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or Alzheimer's Association.

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Susan Hartley Houston
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
To my sweet cousin. My memories with you are precious. We were such good buddies. So glad you left the earth doing what you loved. I know you are happy with Aunt Lois, Grandma and Uncle Leonard and all our Aunts and Uncles. Will miss you, but am looking forward to seeing you in heaven.

Barbara & Rich Brown
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers with your family. She was a very sweet lady.
Barbara (Wirth) & Richard Brown

Colleen Carroll Barrett
   Posted Wed March 27, 2019
The Carroll family expresses our deepest sympathies to our old neighborhood family. We have good memories of times together.

Cindy Merkel
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
Such a tragic loss. Cathy and my 15+ yr friendship was based on our love for tennis. We were perfectly matched. She hated to lose and I, well, gave her plenty of opportunities to win. Her grumbling over the times I won will be treasured memories. We had plans to play today. I still will. Cathy wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. As the shock wears off and the heartache sets in, I pray her family and loved ones will find peace in Cathy having lived her life to the fullest right up until the moment she crossed over to eternal life. Cathy’s warm heart and deep faith will carry us through this difficult time. In her memory we will live each day as though it were our last.

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power ———

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look, well, therefore, to this day.

Sanskrit proverb
By Kalidasa,
Indian Poet and playwright, Fifth Century A.D.

God rest your soul, Cathy. I will miss you dearly.

Suzanne Milbourn
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
To Catherine Harris' friends and family, all of the residents in Sea Pines Plantation are terribly sorry for your loss. We do care about every visitor that comes into our plantation and cannot express enough the sorrow we feel for every family member and friend that loved such an obviously beautiful person. Our hearts are breaking for each and every one of you.

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