Geneva Harris

May 17, 2023

Geneva L. Harris, 99, formerly of Truman, born on Jan. 15, 1924, in Dixon, S.D., passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Heartland Senior Living, Parker Oaks Campus, in Winnebago. Memorial service will be held on Monday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. at Church of Christ in Truman with the Rev. Merrill Davis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place in Westford Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Geneva Lois Newsom was born to Bertha (Kolbe) and Frederick Newson on Jan. 15, 1924, in Dixon, S.D. She was the second of four daughters. She spoke fondly of growing up there. Geneva graduated from high school in Gregory, S.D. She and her older sister, Marcella, attended Teachers’ College in Springfield, S.D. Upon graduation the sisters taught in country schools for a year, then moved to Rapid City where their family was. Geneva started working in a bank in Rapid City. She then met Boyd Harris, from Fairmont, who was an instructor in the Army Air Corps. They were married on June 29, 1945, in Rapid City. The couple then moved to Minnesota and eventually settled in Truman with their two children.

Geneva worked for Truman Public Schools until her retirement. She was the secretary for the high school principal. After retiring, Gene and Boyd enjoyed Rv-ing, crafts and gardening, just to name a few of hobbies. She read her Bible daily and was a member of Truman Church of Christ. Geneva was always ready to help. She will be greatly missed by many.

Geneva is survived by her daughter, Pat Wink; son, Michael (Judy) Harris; grandchildren, Darin (Kate) Wink, Amber (Jeffrey) Hull and Andrew (Michelle) Harris; great-grandchildren, Kassidi Hull, Josie Hull, Samuel Wink, Elizabeth Harris and Theodore Harris; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 77 years, Boyd Harris; sisters, Kay VanDiviner, Marcella Knispel and June Gunther.