Gracia K. Harms, 91, of Waverly, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Gracia Kathryn (Enquist) Harms was born on November 19, 1926 in Holdrege, Nebraska, the daughter of Edwin and Alice (Anderson) Enquist. Gracia was baptized on December 6, 1926 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Holdrege, Nebraska, by Pastor C.S. Odell and confirmed on August 24, 1941 at Bethel Lutheran by Pastor Rudolph Anderson. Gracia attended school in Holdrege, graduating from the Holdrege High School in 1943. Gracia then attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and graduated from Moline Lutheran School of Nursing in Moline, Illinois in 1948. Gracia then worked as a nurse in Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin. On June 5, 1954, Gracia was united in marriage to Dr. Ray Harms at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. The couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Gracia continued her nursing career. The couple moved to Waverly, Iowa, in 1958, where Gracia and Ray raised their 3 sons. In 1973, Gracia went to work at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo for 14 years before retiring in 1987. Dr. Ray died on June 23, 1998 and Gracia continued to live in her home in Waverly.
Gracia was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she served many years with WELCA, and was past-president. Gracia was active with DO DAY, was a volunteer for many years at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community receiving of 2500 hours, was past-president of Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community Auxiliary and was a member of Wartburg Women’s Club. Gracia received one of the first Wartburg Medals created by the Wartburg College Board of Regents, received the 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Iowa Association of Home and Service for the Aging. She also received the Iowa Association of Activity Professionals Award in 2005 and the Board of Regents Award at Wartburg in 2000.
Gracia is survived by her three sons and their wives, Matthew and Nancy Harms of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Barton and Christine Harms of Waterloo, Iowa, Blake and Tracy Harms of Clive, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Danielle (Greg) Harms-Boone, Tyler, Michaela, Emelia (Emma), Joshua and Courtney; one great grandson, Laszlo Harms-Boone; five nieces and nephews, Daniel and Hulda Peterson, Alice Ann Swanson, Kathryn and Ron Ronhovde, and Arlan Enquist all of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Dave and Janice Morrow of Hastings, Nebraska. Gracia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. Ray Harms in 1998, an infant son, John Edward, granddaughter, Andrea Elizabeth, two sisters, Leona Enquist Peterson and Alice Elaine Enquist and one brother, Russell Enquist.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School in Waverly with Pastor Arthur Bergren officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Waverly. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community or to the Dr. Raymond & Gracia Harms Scholarship Fund at Wartburg College and online condolences for Gracia may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly, Iowa is assisting the Harms family with arrangements. 319-352-1187
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