‘Fudgie’ Harris had distinguished career in Washington, D.C.


Phyllis “Fudgie” Harris, age 91, of Mobridge, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Phyllis was born in Mobridge on July 26, 1922, the daughter of William D. and Lily (Carlson) Zimmer. She attended school in Mobridge and graduated in 1940.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Phyllis joined her sister, Doris, in Washington, D.C., to work for the War Department. She spent all of her career as an administrative assistant in Minneapolis, Minn., Carmel, Calif., and Chicago, Ill., and returned to Washington, D.C., in the early 1970s. Her last employment prior to retirement was with the U.S. Justice Department where she worked under current U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder. Phyllis possessed the strong South Dakota work ethic, which served her well over the years.
After retirement in 1989 she returned “home” to live in Mobridge. Phyllis never drove so she could often be seen on her daily walks and especially visiting the pet store. She had a fondness for animals, particularly cats.
Phyllis was married in 1949 in Minneapolis to Gerald Harris. She was later divorced.
Survivors include her brother, Eugene Zimmer of Alexandria, Va.; her sisters, Rosalie (Jerry) Travis of Sun City West, Ariz., and Kaye Vander Ven of Alexandria; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill, Lyle and Jimmie; and sisters, Bonnie Scott and Doris Pooley.
Phyllis was a member of the United Congregational Church. A prayer service was held Thursday, Dec.12, 2013, officiated by Pastor Keith Kraft. Her remains were transported to USD Medical School, per her request, for education and research purposes.
Memorials may be made to the Mobridge Swimming Pool Fund or the Humane Society.

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