Wanda Zo Ella Harris

Jun 1st, 1947 - May 10th, 2020


Blue Funeral Home - Goreville


Friendship Cemetery - Goreville

Wanda Zo Ella Harris

Wanda Zo Ella “Mitzi” Harris, age 72, of Marion, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 6:40 a.m. in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Illinois.

Wanda was born on June 1, 1947 in Carbondale, a daughter to Hollis and Evelyn Louise (Jones) Harrison, Sr.  She married Val Gean Harris on February 18, 1966 in Carbondale and he preceded her in death.  Wanda worked most of her life and was a very hard worker.  She was of the Baptist faith and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and businesswoman.  She was kind hearted and always optimistic, but most of all, Wanda loved her family and treasured spending time with them.

Survivors include her children, Rhonda (Eric) Gibson of Marion, Tracy (Kristina) Harris of Lake of Egypt and Rebecca Headd of Mayfield, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Christopher (Nancy) Gibson, Rachel (Brandon) Ogden, Matthew Gibson, Tannin Harris, Kevin Harris and Travis Headd; three great-grandchildren, Luna Ogden, Katie Gibson and Zack Gibson; two brothers, John Harrison and Irvin (Brenda) Harrison, all of Murphysboro, Illinois; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Melba, Vi, Linda, Doris Ann, Dallas, Everett, Barb, and Linda Harrison; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Hollis Harrison, Jr.; a sister, Lou Eva Moody; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mae, Rose, Ace, Doralee, and Connie Harrison.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, a private funeral service will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville.  Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Goreville.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Linda Harris Dietrich

    From: Granbury, Tx., Illinois

    Date: May 11, 2020

    As a sister-in-law, she was the best; but as a friend she was even better. We loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. To her children, We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words to describe how you all feel so “We’re sorry” are the only ones we have. We love you all. Aunt Linda and Uncle Paul

  • Guest: Everett harris

    From: Rockport, Texas

    Date: May 12, 2020

    Will miss you dearly.

  • Guest: Valerie Rieck

    From: Stewartville , Minnesota

    Date: May 13, 2020

    I am very sorry for your loss. May God’s blessings be with you all. Jesus promises that His love and comfort will be with you always.

  • Guest: Ruby Ries

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 13, 2020

    Mitz I will miss you so much it was like having a sister who was always there to laugh and talk with when we both felt bad. I know that god has a new angel and Val was waiting for you. You will always be there in my heart, All my love vi My love and thought to the family and I know you will be missed

  • Guest: Nancy George

    From: Clayton, North Carolina

    Date: May 14, 2020

    We pray the Lord comfort and guide you and your family as the blessings of your Grandmothers’ life swell your heart with love beyond measure and give you peaceful rest.

  • Guest: Mitzi Calhoon Moore

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: May 14, 2020

    Rhonda I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was always such a sweet lady when we were all growing up. Sending prayers.