Ann Harris passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 surrounded by her family. My mom began treatment for breast cancer in April of 2017 and faced her obstacle with both dignity and humor. It was a battle that she ultimately lost here on earth, yet a heavenly victory that she may reunite with her soulmate.
My mom was born in Watford, England to her parents Arthur and Florence “Flossie” (Stroud) Askew. Dad was stationed in England during the Korean War and the two met. Mom was only seventeen when she married and boarded a troop ship to sail across the Atlantic and make America her new home, first a short stay in Indianapolis and then her move to Appleton in 1955. My parents began a very special marriage that spanned sixty-three years. Ann was always known as the “little English lady” that worked at Tusler Pontiac and then later Les Stumpf Ford. In more recent years she came out of retirement and worked as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care up until her cancer diagnosis. Despite living in the U.S. for over sixty years she still maintained remnants of her English accent and had many words that she couldn’t pronounce correctly although she would try to argue this fact, “I do nawt”. Of course, she always had a chance to practice her “proper English” with the ladies of the “Brit’s Club”, friends that she will dearly miss.
Ann is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Donn and Lauri Harris, her grandchildren Ted, Brad, and Emily Harris, her sister-in-law Terrance Fieweger, her cousin Vona Bird (Devon, England), and very special friends Judy (Brandt) Biscombe, Jeff Jackson, and Mary Wheeler.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Donald Harris, her parents Arthur and Florence Askew, her granddaughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Harris, and her brother-in-law Jack Fieweger.
Thank you to the entire staff of the Brettschneider Trettin – Nickel Funeral Chapel for the kindness and the professionalism that you have shown my family. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM.
“Sweet and kind” best describes my mom. I already knew that for she was the best mom I could have imagined, but since her passing every condolence offered includes these same words. Kindness probably to a fault because she would certainly always sacrifice her own self-interest in order to help somebody else out. Please, in lieu of flowers or money given on my mom’s behalf, perform some act of kindness to someone not expecting it; this would truly honor Ann for the person that she was.
Until we meet again, with love, Donn