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Julia Ruth Harris

03/02/1944 - 10/18/2020
Service Date: 10/30/2020
Service Time: 10:30 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6001 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, Arizona
Visitation Date: 10/30/2020
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6001 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Julia Ruth Johnson Harris, 76, of Tempe, AZ, was born in Phoenix on March 2, 1944, and passed away peacefully on October 18, 2020. She retired from the Kyrene School District where she taught kindergarten for many years. She spent her retirement years substitute teaching, working at the LDS temple in Mesa, enjoying her children and grandchildren, and traveling with her husband of 54 years. Julia was a teacher, both academically and spiritually. She cultivated relationships that lasted well past the last day in her classroom for both her students and their families. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and cherished her time spent serving and leading congregation members of all ages. Julia was an amazing seamstress and often would help her family members, friends and neighbors. She chose to stay home in her early years of motherhood while using her many talents to help support her family. Julia was an avid reader, frequent moviegoer, and she enjoyed sister time, supporting her grandkids at their various events or activities, and taking care of her many turtles. Julia is survived by her children Richard (Angela), Rand (Malinda), Holly (Jack Harston), Rustin (Sarah), Geri Anne (Chris Hoskins), Kelly (Ryan Labadie); sisters Joyce Freeman, Lynette (Jerry Johnson); brothers Daun (Janice) and Dale (Pam); 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell E. Harris, Jr., her parents Bernard and Anna Johnson; step-mother Hildegarde Johnson; sister Sharon Hughes; niece Michele Tucker; nephew David Hughes. Julia’s visitation will be held October 30, 2020, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6001 S. Lakeshore Drive in Tempe, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Funeral services immediately following the visitation at 10:30 a.m. She will be laid to rest at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to your local school in her honor. 


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  • Our condolences go out to your family on this huge loss! Amber, Neil and Samantha Labadie.

  • Larry & Linda Varney

    We always enjoyed our times with Julie (and Russ) and am certain they are happy being together again. Our love, thoughts and prayers to all the rest of the family.

  • My deepest sympathies for your loss. I met Julia many years ago through my friendship with her daughter GeriAnne. She was welcoming and warm. I know this will leave a hole in the family and I am sad for you because of that. May you continue to remember all the wonderful moments and time spent together. Sending healing thoughts.

  • Anselm and Connie Doucette

    Oh my dear family Andy and I are sending you the biggest hug as well as are deep prayers. We know all too well what your journey is right now. Your mom was a important part of my young building blocks of life’s journey. We’re oh so comforted by the fact my mom Sharon Rose and our Aunt Judy are having their sister time that our mom has long awaited for. May the Lord Jesus through His Holy Spirit comfort your hearts in this journey through your grief. For we are Johnson family strong. Love, Andy and Connie Doucette

  • Julie will be sorely missed by everyone that knows her. Her legacy lives on in each of her children and grandchildren,. Her cheerful spirit is in all our hearts. Julie always had a smile, a hug and cheerful words for me every time we met. Her love of her Heavenly Father, the gospel, her dear Russ, and all her family was evident to all who know her. We miss you, Julie. We pray for comfort for all your family.

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