Hazel Louise Harris, 92, of Marcell died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Bigfork Valley Hospital, Bigfork MN.
Hazel was born on July 19, 1925 in DeMotte, Indiana to Theodore and Clara (Feldmann) Punter. She is survived by her niece, Dr. Frances (Dr. Jim) Schoon, and nephews David and Jim (Lois) Hart, Richard Samuels, Robert (Barbara) and Phillip Punter, and Craig (Marty) and Lark (Gloria) Ruch. Other survivors include Marilyn Hart and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence D. Harris and her parents. Additionally, three sisters, Harriet Hart, Charlotte Samuels, and Beatrice Ruch, one brother, Carl Punter, a niece Rebecca Sult and nephew Michael Hart preceded her death.
Hazel graduated from DeMotte High School in 1943. In 1947 she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ball State Teacher’s College, Muncie IN. She majored in Home Economics, Physical Education and Mathematics. While at Ball State she was a member of Sigma Zeta National Science and Math Honorary, the Omega Sigma Chi Sorority and Co –Chairman of the Mathematics Club. In 1950 she attended Iowa State College in Design.
Following graduation from Ball State she taught Home Economics and Physical Education in LaPorte, Porter and Starke Counties in Indiana. She married Clarence D. Harris on May 27, 1953 and moved to Minnesota. She and Clarence were co-owners and managers of Camp Idlewild Resort on North Star Lake, Marcell MN until 1970. She was a Charter Member of ASV Incorporated and served several years on the Board of Directors from its beginning.
Hazel was an active member in the Marcell Community Church where she served on many committees and played the piano for ten years. She dearly loved her church and community friends and remained involved through out her life. Hazel had a love of history, geography, genealogy, tailoring, quilting, sewing, and crafts. She was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. Hazel loved to travel and she and Clarence traveled internationally. After his death she took many trips across the U.S. and Canada with Happy Trails. She had a contagious smile, a sparkle in her eye and a way to make others feel accepted. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Scrivner, all medical and nursing staff at Bigfork Valley Long Term Care and Hospital for the wonderful care that Hazel received.
Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of life will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Marcell Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marcell Community Church.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River & Bigfork, Minnesota.