Shirley Ann Harris | Obituary

May 5, 1943 – March 15, 2022

78-year-old Shirley Ann Harris was called to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 15, 2022, with her family by her bedside, after a long battle with cancer. Shirley was born May 5, 1943 in Cherokee, IA to Clarence and Helen (Nelson) Alquist and was the eldest of three children. She graduated from Washington High School in Cherokee, IA in 1961 and attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). She then moved to Mason City, IA and attended Mason City Junior College and worked for State Farm Insurance. On September 29, 1968, she married Larry Harris at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, IA. Together they had three children and during their 53 years of marriage they lived in Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona and Missouri.

Shirley loved to travel and often joined Larry on his business trips. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She enjoyed gardening and playing cards and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

She is survived by her husband Larry Harris of Raymore, MO, son Chad Harris of Independence, MO, daughter Kelli Harris of Raymore, MO and daughter Betsy Murray (son-in-law John Murray and grandchildren Brett, Addison and Claire Murray) of Overland Park, KS as well as his brother, Larry Alquist, of Hampton, IA and his sister, Connie (Jim) Mohn of Cherokee, IA. She was predeceased by her parents and sister-in-law, Jane Alquist.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (310 Johnston Pkwy, Raymore, MO 64083) with a reception to follow. The family will welcome friends at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at a later date

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Shirley, please consider making a donation to the City Union Mission of Kansas City by visiting the donation page – ( or mailing your donation to: City Union Mission, ATTN: Accounting, 1100 E 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.

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