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Viola Eva Wanda (Worcester) Harris
(October 10, 1912 - March 22, 2012)

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Viola Eva Wanda (Worcester) Harris

Viola Eva Wanda (Worcester) Harris, 99, of Walker passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Golden Living Center. Viola was born October 10, 1912 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Ole and Olga (Zuehlke) Olson. She married Walter “Bud” Worcester in 1932. They lived in St. Paul while her husband was stationed at Fort Snelling. When WWII broke out, Bud was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Viola and her three sons followed in 1942. They remained there until 1945. After the war, she and her three boys left North Carolina on the last troop train to leave the state before the state was quarantined due to a widespread polio epidemic, arriving in Walker that summer. Viola did laundry for Camp Danworthy, cleaned homes and did laundry for several local residents. She was an avid gardener who loved her flowers. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, dancing, playing bingo and reading. Viola was a lifetime Twins fan. When her husband Bud passed away in 1967, she went to work at Ah-gwah-ching in the laundry and food service departments until she retired in 1977. Viola was united in marriage to Harold Harris in 1979. They continued living in Walker, enjoying fishing and traveling in their motor home to Canada. Harold passed away in 1990. Viola continued to live in her home until she moved to her new home at Gramma Jo’s in the fall of 2003. In September of 2011 she fell and broke her hip. After surgery, she went to Golden Living Center. She remained there until her death. Viola will be remembered for her great smile and infectious laugh, as she enjoyed life to the fullest. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Viola is survived by three sons; James (Beverly) Worcester of Walker, Richard (Lois) Worcester of Peyton, Colorado, Fred (Marion) Worcester of Burke, Virginia, eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, her husbands Walter "Bud" Worcester and Harold Harris. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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