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Arleen Harris-Andrews

OCOEE, Fla. — Arleen Harris-Andrews, 99, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Ocoee.

She was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Ironwood, Mich., daughter of the late John and Hannah (Nikela) Harri. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1937 and was a proud member of the National Honor Society. Arleen attended New York University and graduated with a B.A. degree in English and Speech from Washington Square College in 1941.

In 1942 she was united in marriage with Robert G. Harris, just prior to World War II. Thereafter they followed assignments to North Carolina; Mitchell Field, N.Y .; Offutt Airforce Base, Neb .; Spain; Colorado; the Pentagon; and Hickam Airforce Base in Hawaii; with retirement in Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Harris on Aug. 13, 1989, Arleen then married Everett Andrews in 1994. When they married, they had been friends for forty years, starting in the 1950’s in Spain, where they had been a foursome along with their spouses, and their children had played together.

Arleen had taught school in Aurora, Colo .; the University of Hawaii; and J.C.S. Dependent Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Arleen was preceded in death by her husbands; her daughter, Roberta; and her son, Calvin.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Rose Arleen Harris of Florida and Dawn and Dusty Pennington of Colorado; four great-grandchildren, Rosalinda May Reyes of Florida and Amanda, Emily, and Andrea Pennington of Colorado; daughter-in-law, Linda Reyes of Florida; and numerous cousins and relatives in Finland.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood with Reverend Jean B. Rencontre officiating.

“After a world of living in the various spheres of our wonderful planet, I am happy and proud to be coming home to my wonderful homeland of Ironwood, Michigan.”

Arrangements are by Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood. For more information or to express online condolences, please visit

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