Delva B. Harris-Anderson went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2014. Delva was born on Dec. 11, 1919, the daughter of Merle and Mabel (Thorison) Christianson of Edmund. She is the older sister of Charles Christianson. Delva went to Mt. Hope School and graduated from Cobb High School in 1937. As a young women, she attended Madison Business College. She married Gerald Harris on September 10, 1938 and the couple farmed in the Bloomfield area for 30 years. Gerald preceded her in death on February 27, 1993. On December 26, 1998, Delva married Homer Anderson, a longtime friend and the couple lived south of Dodgeville. Delva, loving wife and mother worked hard on the farm, raising her children, caring for her in-laws, serving at Grace Lutheran Church and supporting or participating in Bloomfield events and get-togethers with neighbors. Later Delva enjoyed some part time jobs at Leones, Just Lorraines, Pizza Hut, and Culvers. She was a respected and committed volunteer at Upland Hills. She was once honored as the Iowa County Volunteer of the Year. Delva valued this time to meet new people, perform her job duties in a satisfactory manner, and develop some very special relationships. Delva was also a member of P.E.O. and Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Grace Lutheran Women’s church circle. The entire family participated in 4-H, and Delva and Gerald hosted agriculture events. Delva, our mother, was devoted to caring and doing for her family and others. She enjoyed her domestic duties of baking, gardening, sewing, and quilting. Her grandchildren will always remember delicious cookies and apple pie. Mother is remembered for her pasty, lutefisk, lefse, and tea biscuits. She enjoyed moments of travel to Europe with family several times. Being of strong Norwegian heritage she treasured and valued those traditions. She was a strong support to her children and will be greatly missed. Anyone that knew her felt valued and loved.
Delva is survived by four children, Judy (Dick) Adams and their children, Elizabeth, David, Greg and Caroline; Gene Harris and children, Janelle and Brian; Allen (Carol) Harris and children, Brian, Stacy, Shelly, Jennifer and Chris and Ann (Rick) Covert and children, Maisie, Ryan, Dustin and Mitchell; Alyce’s children, Karin and Thomas; 14 great grandchildren; her brother, Charles (Mildred) Christianson of Dodgeville as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Harris on February 27, 1993; her husband Homer Anderson on February 8, 2011; her daughter, Alyce Dowling and husband Dick Dowling.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. Pastor Kenneth L. Schaub will officiate with burial in East Side Cemetery. Friends may call at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday and at the church on Thursday after 9:00 A.M. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.