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OBIT: Jeanette “Kay” Harms

Jeanette “Kay” Harms, 63, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, September 17, 2021, in her Hampton, IA, home.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, IA. Visitation will be held one hour prior at 1:00pm at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City, IA. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Kay was born on February 7, 1958, in Long Beach, CA, the daughter of Bennie and Jean (Johansen) Harms. She was a graduate of Santa Fe High School, and later she earned a degree in accounting from Cerritos Community College in California. She often reminisced about her time working at the L.A Rams Stadium. She would utilize her accounting degree when she worked as Account Clerk at Los Angeles County Probation for almost 30 years until her retirement in May 2009. Shortly after retirement she moved to Iowa to be closer to family.

Whenever Kay had the chance to attend concerts of her favorite artists such as Brett Michaels, Kenny Chesney, Journey, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and so many more, she would drop everything and go. Almost every time she attended a concert she bought a t-shirt, and at her home she even had a dedicated concert shirt drawer. Kay was someone who loved to laugh and often laughed at things she shouldn’t, especially for an adult, but everyone loved her more for it. She also spent time going to the movies, and watching soap operas for entertainment. She enjoyed playing card games with friends and family, and never ceased to answer calls from her friends no matter the circumstances. Kay also had a soft spot for Mexican food, Taco Tico being one of her favorite places to eat.

In an effort to celebrate Kay’s love for concerts, we encourage all attendees to wear their favorite concert t-shirts!

Those left to cherish memories of Kay are her sister, Kim (Les) Ballard, Hampton; nieces and nephews, Jamie (Jo) Ballard, Rockwell, Sarah Ballard, Hampton, and Joshua (Halie) Ballard, Hampton; Great nieces and nephews: Alexia, Elijah, Hunter, Haylie, Mykenzi, Kaitlyn, Emmylee, Owen, Roman, and Oakleigh; aunts and uncles, Jerelyn Johansen, Beverly (Gerald) Perez, Georgia Harms, Larry (Maxine) Harms, Nancy Harms, Jerry (Marlene) Harms, Harry (Barbara) Harms, and Gary Harms; as well as special friends Kim, Julie, and Dan, along with many other extended family members and friends.

Kay is preceded in death by both her parents; aunts and uncles, Arlene Wiemann, Darlene (Dexter)Ewers, Taus Harms, Ronnie Harms, Donnie Harms, Barb Harms, Carol Johnson, Alan (Ronnie) Walkner, and Glenn Johansen.

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