Carol J. Harris

Carol J. Harris

December 3, 1939 – December 25, 2023

Survived by children: David (Debbie), Julie Church (Tony) and Sharon Harris (Derek); six grandchildren: Ryan Church (Kasie), Abbey Lanik (Will), Zach Harris (Nichol), Eric Church, Noelle Ortman, Ana Ortman; three great-grandchildren: Kylin Poore-Church, Kameron Church and Teddy Lanik.

Our mother, Carol J. Harris, passed away peacefully at home December 25, 2023, with family. She was born on December 3, 1939, in Remsen IA. She grew up on a farm with 6 siblings. She later graduated from college with a Nursing Degree. She met our father while attending college, and soon married on September 3, 1962.

Our mother accomplished so much in her life. She loved to cook, travel, sew, play her baby grand piano, and play bridge with several bridge groups/friends. She loved her family and enjoyed all the holidays, especially Christmas. Mom and dad hosted all holidays as long as mom could. She was amazing. While we were growing up, mom went back to college and attained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Nursing from University of Nebraska. She was a Professor at Creighton University and Methodist College of Nursing.

We would like to thank the entire medical team that treated mom through her journey with pancreatic cancer the last 5 1/2 years, including Suncrest Hospice and Home Instead Home Care. She fought to the end. Mom’s final wish was to make it through the holidays so she could see the entire family. We had our family Christmas at Maple Ridge Retirement Center so everyone could visit her. She was happy. Mom met her goal. We wouldn’t expect anything less. She truly was remarkable. We’ll miss her greatly.

VISITATION: Monday, January 1, 2024, 5:00-7:00 p.m., followed by VIGIL and Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard tribute at 7:00 p.m., St Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S St.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, January 2nd, 10:30 a.m., St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, 7800 W. Center Rd.

Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Humane Society or Open Door Mission.


  • Kisicki Mary Pat Posted December 28, 2023 5:13 pm

    One of the best nurses I had the privilege to work with early in my nursing career. Was so happy to reconnect with her later in life at St. Stephen’s

  • Sherry and George Wachtler Posted December 28, 2023 5:57 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear about Carol! We enjoyed so many wonderful times with Dale and Carol – Nebraska football away games, a cruise, playing bridge and OWH functions. She was so proud of all her children and grandchildren. Such a talented, wonderful lady and a true fighter with her cancer. Our prayers are with you all. The Wachtlers .

  • Susan Delgado Posted December 29, 2023 7:52 am

    I am sorry for the loss of your mother, she fought hard and long.

  • Meg Blair Posted December 30, 2023 10:18 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Carol distinctly from when I started teaching at Nebraska Methodist College. She was the epitome of The. Professional. Nurse. A few long time colleagues and I were discussing her recently…how she set the bar for students so high, especially in respectful and professional behavior and set them off on their paths as nurses. She was a true classic and influenced generations of nurses. She will be missed. I hope your wonderful memories comfort you.

  • Lin Hughes Posted December 31, 2023 10:43 am

    Carol was an amazing nurse and professor of nursing. At Nebraska Methodist College where she taught the skills and true meaning of professional nursing!! Her legacy of nursing excellence will live on! May the memories of such a wonderful caring Carol give family and friends peace!

  • Karen Waldschmitt Posted December 31, 2023 12:44 pm

    My sincere sympathy to all of you. Carol graduated from Remsen St. Mary’s High School one year ahead of me and from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City also one year ahead of me. I remember her as a very intelligent person and accomplished pianist. Without a doubt she was a great nurse and teacher.

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