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Theresa Harris

Services for Theresa Harris, 73, who passed away Jan. 18, 2022, at Newton Medical Center, were today at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Florence with a private interment at Florence Cemetery.

Theresa’s life began on Feb. 26, 1948, in Florence. She was the loving daughter of Gavino and Paula (Arellano) Modesto and a 1966 graduate of Florence High School.

Theresa was united in marriage to James Harris on Jan. 23, 1970, in Newton. To this union there were four children: William, Edward, Richard, and Patricia.

Theresa was the owner of Quality Oil and a homemaker. She loved and enjoyed being with her grandchildren.

Her loving family includes children William (and wife Jessica) Harris of Florence; Edward (and wife Chalsey) Harris of Lakeside, Arizona; Richard Harris and Patricia Harris, both of Florence; Craig (and wife Beth) Harris of Tulsa; Tammy Harris (and husband Steve Miller) of Perry, Oklahoma; and Justin (and partner Scott) Garr of Strong City.

Other loving survivors include sisters Pat Sanz of Ceres, California; Lydia Torres of Los Angeles; Veronica Soto of Austin, Texas; Serapia (and husband Luis) Ibarra of Grants, New Mexico; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, sister Grace Avila, and brother Paul Modesto.

Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Altar Society at St. Patrick Catholic Church in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, P.O. Box 96, Marion KS 66861. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Theresa at

Last modified Jan. 27, 2022