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Darla Renee Harris
Age49
Date of Birth11/15/1962
Place of BirthHarvey, North Dakota
Date of Death3/25/2012
ResidenceDenver, Colorado (formerly of Sidney, MT)

Visitation
Visitation will be Sunday, April 1, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the services at the church.


Service
Funeral services for Darla (Free) Harris, 49, of Denver, CO (formerly of Sidney, MT) is 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2012 at Pella Lutheran Church with Pastor George Karris officiating. Casketbearers are Michael Bender, Michael Obergfell, Travis Obergfell, Ron Fields, Jared Jackson and Scotty Huft. Honary Casketbearers are Rocky Mountain Meridian, DR Systems and all her many friends. Ushers are Bob Free Jr. and Clay Shreder.


Cemetary
Cremation will follow services under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home.


Online Register
4/23/2012

Margaret and family - I was shocked and dismayed at Darla's passing. My heart goes out to all of you. You will all remain in my prayers. ...

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Darla Renee Free was born November 15th, 1962, in Harvey ND, to Robert and Margret (Tuenge) Free. She attended schools in Sidney and Glasgow MT. As a child Darla enjoyed ice skating all winter long and spent summers swimming and enjoying the sun. She was always playful and full of life. She was an active Campfire Girl, played drums in the band and took piano lessons. During the long winters she found it necessary to remove her non-stylish snow boots a couple of blocks from school, No One Knew! Despite her small stature and innocent smile she took great pride in being able to beat up boys after school.
In 1979 she married her first husband, Ron Fields. They were extremely blessed with three wonderful children Alisha Kae, Aaron Robert, and Ashley Renee. They were, are and always will be the pride and joy of her life.
On July 24th, 1999, Darla married her soulmate Stanley Harris in San Diego, CA. She considered it an honor to become the mother of two additional children, Joshua Dewayne Parker and Ashley Marie Vashti Harris. She was very adamant they were not "step-children"! Through numerous journeys they lived in Sacramento, San Diego, Las Vegas and finally making a home in Denver. There, Darla was extremely happy attending church and working for her little brother Robert (Bob) Free Jr. as his confidant and office manager. The office called her "Sunshine" due to her continuous smile. She was very proud to have saved her "allowance" to purchase a piano which gave her much joy playing hymns, rock and roll as well as the music from Glee.
Darla took great pride in her work which she always showed up early for. She worked at Sidney Health Center, American Medical Oxygen, U-haul, DR Systems and Rocky Mountain Meridian. She made many friendships through her jobs over the years; she will be missed dearly.
Darla enjoyed the outdoors, riding motorcycles, long drives (often with nowhere in mind) and playing tennis. She was also an avid reader spending time almost daily reading her bible, many mystery and crime books and True Story Magazine. A little known fact was she loved to paint abstract art. She said she wasn't very good, however; it allowed her creativity to run wild. She was known to be a practical joker to all who knew her. In 1991 Darla became the first female president of the Sidney chapter of the Jaycees. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Through all her medical trials she met them all with a smile and positive attitude. She taught love and appreciation for life to all who knew her. She never had a day that she was not thankful for or met someone she didn't have genuine love for. She touched so many lives due to her pure caring and giving nature. She was very proud of her work with the residents at ROI. She enjoyed being able to help her grandparents and other elderly people, which came naturally to her.
Mom,you have taught us to live our lives to the fullest, just as you did. You have given us the tools we need to be successful in all that we do. You are our everything, our best friend, our words of wisdom and encouragement, the family rock. Your smile is contagious and could always brighten our day. We will miss you more than words can describe. We love you with all of our hearts. See you on the flip side!
Darla died on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Denver, CO.
Darla is survived by her husband, Stanley; children, Alisha (Mike) Bender, Savage, MT, Aaron (Elaine) Fields, Sidney, MT, Ashley Fields, Savage, MT, Joshua Parker, Laurel, MS and Ashley Harris, Denver, CO; her mother, Margaret Free, Sidney, MT; sisters, Deb Jackson, Fargo, ND and Diane (Mike) Obergfell, Sidney, MT; her brother, Robert (Bob) Free Jr., Denver, CO; granddaughter, Laryssa Fields, Sidney, MT; mother-in-law, Vashti Harris, Shubuta, MS; brother-in-laws, Artiss Harris, Waynesboro, MS, Lee Harris, Waynesboro, MS, James Ried, Enterprise, MS, Lazarus Harris, Jackson, MS, Jackie Harris, Shubuta, MS, Michael Harris, Jackson, MS, William Harris, Waynesboro, MS; sister-in-laws, Brenda Mitchell, Waynesboro, MS, Linda Harris, Waynesboro, MS; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and adored pets, Ringo, J.J., Kip and Ozzy.
Darla was preceded in death by: her father, Robert Free Sr. ; grandparents Otto and Esther Tuenge, Leo and Ida Free; her aunt, Irene Carter; uncles, LeRoy Free and Leo Free Jr.; father-in-law, U.L. Harris; grand-parent-in-laws, Will and Pinky Harris; Ivan (20lb Mane Coon Cat), Matilda (a very vocal female guinea pig) and Woody (a very cuddly guinea pig). She cared for her pets more than her kids (according to them).


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