Loretta S. Harris

Loretta S. Harris, 85, of Salem, VA, formerly of Willis, VA, passed away on Thursday, January 13th, 2011. Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wert Harris and her parents, David and Alice Simmons and two brothers and five sisters.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Harris and fiance’ Colby Powell of Roanoke, Paula Harris and husband Eddie of Willis, and Patricia Williams and husband Frank of Roanoke; grandchildren, Retta Harris Bertges and husband Mike, Justin Harris, David Gordon and wife Amber, Sarah Williams, and step grandson Tony Williams; great grandchildren, Miranda and Andrew Harris, Carter and Kevin Bertges, Emily and Derek Gordon and step great granddaughter Chelsea Williams; brother-in-law, Elmer Nogle.

As a homemaker, Loretta loved gardening and preserving the fruits and vegetables that she grew. She was a fabulous cook and baker and also enjoyed sewing and doing arts and crafts. Loretta was totally devoted to her family.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Skole officiating. Interment to follow at the Willis Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, January 15th, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m.