Ludema R. Harris, 80 of Brazil, passed away November 27, 2015 at St. Francis Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, following complications from heart surgery. She was born November 23, 1935 in Clay County, the daughter of George T. Gard and Stella Diel Gard. She graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1953. She had the honor of Homecoming Queen while in high school, and was a friend to many.
Ludema worked at CBS in Terre Haute in the press room for a time. While there, she met and later married, Bill A. Harris on November 3, 1967. They were members of the First United Methodist Church.
Later, in her work career, she operated the “Flower Patch” and then later worked at ‘Sugar and Spice’. Ludema has always been a busy lady, making cakes for family, friends and weddings. She was a member of TOPPS, and the Silver Sneakers group at the YMCA. She also was a loyal volunteer for the “Strong Kids” program at the YMCA and had her ‘store’ opened there each Saturday morning to support the kids. She also volunteered at the ST. Vincent Clay Hospital in the gift shop, and helped in the family services area when needed. She was very well known for her Monster Cookies that she would make for family, friends and loved ones. They were a classic, just like her. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and by this community.
Survivors include her children, Brenda O’Neal (John) of Terre Haute, Leslie Sharton (Ed) of Brazil, Brad Harris (Becky) of Avon, Lucinda Weber of Avon, Becky Doti (David) of Terre Haute, Tracy Schretter of Brazil, and William Harris (Sheri) of N.C.; grandchildren, Katrina Pender (Eric), Kristen Isbell (Matt), Jacob Sharton, Ali Sharton, Jason Hogan (Lisa), Ronnie Harris, Harrison Weber, Ben Weber, Christina Perry (Drew), Derek Doti, Kevin Doti, Dylan Schretter, Dane Schretter, Kylie Samm (Tony), Garrett Harris, and Megan Harris; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister Ellen Stearley of Brazil; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Gard, step-father, Lewis Rightsell, mother, Stella Diel Gard Rightsell; two brothers, George Gard, and Robert Gard; her husband Bill Harris July 5, 2003.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil and again Wednesday for one hour prior to services. Services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Lawson-Miller Chapel with Pastor Rick Koch officiating. Music selections will be provided by Steve McCullough. Burial will follow at Bee-Ridge Cemetery. If friends so choose, donations may be directed to the Clay County YMCA, 225 E. Kruzan ST. Brazil, IN. 47834 or to the First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St. Brazil, IN. 47834.