Lucile V. Harry

Lucile V. Harry, age 91, of Philip, died Thursday, July 1, 2004, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 6, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating. Music was provided by Marlis Doud, organist, and Jan Hewitt, vocalist. Ushers were Dave Calhoon and Gene Deuchar. Pallbearers were Michael Schofield, Glenn O’Connell, Morris and Barry Jones, Jim Petoske, Wylie Schwalm, Craig Warren and Carl Snook.

Interment with Eastern Star Services was held at the Masonic Cemetery, Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

Lucile Velva Bell was born November 13, 1912, on her parents’ homestead in what was then Stanley County, near Marietta, SD, the daughter of James and Velva (Wedeman) Bell.

She attended school in Haakon County rural schools and graduated from Philip High School in 1930. After two years at Marietta ConsolidatedSchool and one year in Gordon, NE, she attended Black Hills Teachers College one year, earning a teacher’s certificate and began her teaching career with five years in rural schools in Haakon County.

After attending Northern State College in Aberdeen to earn a State Certificate, she taught primary grades in various schools in South Dakota, including Bowdle, Gayville, Platte, Lead and Aberdeen.

After her marriage, she returned to teaching in Midland, SD, and then Philip, where she retired in 1980 after thirty-eight and one half years teaching.

During this time, she took summer and extension courses and graduated from Black Hills State College in 1970. During World War II, she and her sister spent a year at Hill Field Air Base at Ogden, Utah where they did clerical work but returned to teaching.

Lucile Bell and Clinton Harry were united in marriage August 1, 1946, at First Lutheran Church in Philip. They made their home near Midland until Clinton’s death January 15, 1968. She remained there until moving to Philip in 1971, although for several years, she spent summers and vacations in Midland while teaching in Philip.

Lucile was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #100, Bad River Senior Citizens Center, and the Philip Area Retired Teachers all of Philip. She was also a member of the New Century Federated Women’s Club for many years in Midland.

For a number of years, Lucile read a story to primary children each week when they visited the school library. She loved children and enjoyed keeping in touch with school after retirement.

Grateful for having shared her life include her two sons, Keith Harry and his wife, Cheryl, of Midland, and Lee Harry and his wife, Bonnie, of Dillon, MT; two grandchildren, Jason Harry of Philip, and Lynette Harry of Custer; one niece; seven nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Clinton Harry, Lucile was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Ferguson and Boneta Warren, and a brother, John Bell.

A memorial is established to the First Lutheran Church of Philip and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.