Dolores Harris

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Dolores J. Harris, nee Marlin, 93, of Belleville, IL, born March 12, 1929, in Belleville, IL, died May 6, 2022, at her residence with her daughters at her bedside.

Mrs. Harris had worked as a reading secretary for District 118 Title 1. She had also previously worked for District 201 as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Autistic Program and Parents and Friends of Specialized Living Center. Dolores was a past member of Hope Church, Belleville, IL, and an active member at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family. Dolores was a generous, helpful, and caring person. She was the cornerstone of the family for many years and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William E. “Bill” Harris, whom she married on August 28, 1948, and who died on June 8, 2007; her parents, Albert and Margurite, nee Finklien, Marlin; her stepfather, Archie Rief; two sisters, Shirley (Lorraine) Daesch and Nancy (Bob) Devros; a niece, Rebecca Reiman; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Harris.

Surviving are two daughters, Cindy (Fred “Jay”) Ellis and Susan (Brad) Holcomb, both of Belleville, IL; three grandchildren, Carl (Heather) Biegler Jr., Erin Holcomb, and Emily Holcomb; a great-grandchild, Kailyn Biegler; a sister-in-law, Doris Harris of Lusby, MD; seven nephews, Ken and Mark Harris, Jeremy, Jim and Scott Devros, and Jeff and Gary Daesch; and many dear friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. B. Pardo and Heartland Hospice for all their care and emotional support.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church Tower Fund, or Heartland Hospice, or Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Harvey Gaither officiating.

Private burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.



8 Comments on Dolores Harris

Joy (Kamper) Cross said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2022 at 11:51 AM

Sue & Cindy…I am sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. She was a special lady, my friend, neighbor, and fellow Hope Church member for 40 years. Blessings to all your family.

  • Little River
  • South Carolina
Terry Lynn Schuchman said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 8:49 PM

Very sorry for your loss. All love, prayers, and blessings. Terry

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Nancy Weston said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 3:03 PM

Dear Sue and family. Ed and I send our condolences. Prayers for your family. Ed and Nancy Weston.

  • Bellivile
  • Illinois
Marian Brown said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 12:41 PM

So very sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom and Melanie Schaltenbrand said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 7:22 AM

Sue, Brad and family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. We are praying for all of you.

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Dawn Marie Farnworth said : Guest Report May 09, 2022 at 2:12 PM

Cindy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories you have provide a mild measure of comfort.

  • IL
Denise Collins said : Guest Report May 09, 2022 at 12:06 PM

Cindy and family, My heart breaks for your loss. Your mother's life was well lived . May your memories of her be blessings. Denise and Rob Collins

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim Devros said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 1:31 PM

My deepest sympathy for family & friends. Her infectious laughter, quick wit, and rapid fire delivery energized family gatherings (we referred to her as Aunt Go!). I relished every occasion to spend time together.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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