Mary Louise Harms, 86, passed away on April 6, 2019
Mary Louise (Lehr) Harms, 86, died on on April 6, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita from ALS. During her final stage of life, she was surrounded by many family and friends.
Her family will gather with friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Carlson Colonial Funeral Home, where Rosary prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, El Dorado. Burial will be in Walnut Valley Memorial Park, El Dorado.
Mary Lou was born July 7, 1932 at home in Skelly Refinery housing in El Dorado. She was the fourth of seven children and the first girl born to Leo Paul and Nellie Marie (Walker) Lehr. Mary Lou attended St. John’s Catholic School through eighth grade then attended El Dorado High School and graduated in the Class of 1950. A special group of high school girl friends that she was a member of was known as the “Fidgety Fifteen”. Mary Lou went onto El Dorado Junior College and graduated with a business secretarial degree. She was united in marriage to Lloyd F. Harms on May 16, 1953 and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1997. Mary Lou worked at the Chamber of Commerce for several years and the Butler County Extension office, where she retired from in 1997. She was a faithful parishioner at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church.
They have two children, Tom Harms, El Dorado and Paula (Mark) Attebery, Newton. The joy of Mary Lou’s life was her four grandchildren Kaitlin (Adam) Williams, Kallie (Christopher) Rudd, Keagan (Ashley) Attebery, and Keith Attebery. Mary Lou was a big part of their lives as their babysitter and attending all of their activities. Mary Lou had four great grandchildren Jayden Attebery, Haddyn and Paxton Williams, Gracie Rudd and is expecting two more great grandsons this summer. Mary Lou became to them lovingly as GaGaLuLu. Her brother David Lehr, and sisters Katherine Neil, and Sondra Jennings also survive Mary Lou.
Mary Lou is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Bob, Don and Raymond Lehr.
Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the ALS Foundation or the Partners in Education Becky Breese Scholarship Fund. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Mary Lou at www.carlsoncolonial.com.