Patricia Jean Harris

February 12, 1924April 12, 2014

Patricia Jean Shelton Harris (Harruff)

Age 90, of Centerville passed away on Saturday April 12, 2014 at Hospice of Dayton. Pat was born in Lima Ohio and lived most of the rest of her life in Lima, Celina, and the Dayton, Ohio area. She was preceded in death by her parents Orlin T. and Nelle (Dearth) Harruff, her brother Russell Harruff, her sister Avonelle Patton, and her husband’s Robert Kimmig, Roger Shelton, and Donald Harris, LTC, USAF Retired. She is survived by her Nephews Richard (Linda) Harruff, Phillip K. (Janna) Patton, Thomas (Anne) Harruff and her niece Sue (Kenneth) Zimmerman. She is also survived by her Step Children Donald (Debbie) Harris, Phillip (Rita) Harris, Susan (Donald )Potts, and Elizabeth (Steve) Sisco. Patricia was the matriarch of two more generations of the blended families including many Grand Nephews and Grand Nieces as well as step Grandchildren and step Great Grand Children. Pat was further blessed by the caring and friendship of a neighbor of 47 years, Maria Mavrouleas. She began her writing career early when she wrote for the Celina High School newspaper The Tattler and she also wrote a weekly column for the Celina newspaper while still in high school. Pat graduated from The Ohio State University in 1948 where she was a life-long member of Delta Zeta Sorority. At OSU she wrote and performed on WOSU radio shows for an estimated 130,000 children where she was known as the Playtime Lady. She subsequently worked in advertising in the Dayton area and as an on-air talent in radio (WING and WHIO), television (WHIO) and in commercial advertising (Bridges Sharp) at a time when advertising was primarily a man’s field. In the 1960s and 1970s she won many awards from the Dayton Ad Club (where she served as Secretary for 5 years) for her writing and commercials. She was the voice of Elder-Beerman for a time and her voice was well known in the Dayton area from her many radio and TV commercials. She was a member of the OSU Alumnae, Delta Zeta Sorority, Dayton Power Squadron, Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the WHIO Retires Group. She and her late Husband Donald Harris, LTC USAF Ret. were active in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM at the chapel in the Woodland Cemetery Mausoleum in Dayton, OH. The loving care and comfort provided by Hospice of Dayton to both Pat and Don was so appreciated by the families. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Dayton.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Juli Patton-Venhaus

May 15, 2014

Thank you very much Jan. Those outings meant the world to her, as well as her ongoing ties with her friends from her radio days. Since she couldn't get behind the wheel because of her vision, she was always so appreciative of those who took their time to get her where she wanted to go. Thank you again. She has perfect vision now! Hallelujah!

Jan Kowal

May 5, 2014

I knew Pat through Delta Zeta. I picked her up for many years as we attended events together. She was a lovely lady, always so pleasant & positive-thinking. I will miss seeing her.

April 26, 2014

My fondest childhood memories are of spending summer vacations with Aunt Pat. Then as an adult visiting and sharing with her our life stories. Her voice will never leave me. Til we see each other you Aunt Pat, Juli

Steve Sisco

April 26, 2014

Pat was a loving, caring person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful grandmother and great-grand mother and a loving wife for my late Father-in-Law, Don Harris. I was blessed to have her as my Mother-in-Law and will miss her deeply. As her 'last' minister, I am very happy to know that she now stands before the Lord whole, painless with eyes wide open and clearly focused on eternity.

Magda Wilson Houtz

April 23, 2014

To Pat's nieces and nephews from her Harruff family. I was friends with Pat and Don for a long time. The last time I saw them they both looked well. I am so sorry for your loss. They were both very Kind and nice people.

Wendy Klopf

April 21, 2014

Hope her journey to the heavens above is as beautiful as she was...

Charlotte Mosier

April 21, 2014

I am so very sorry for your loss Kim, Lynn and Wendy. I know she was loved and will be missed by many in your family. She must have been an amazing lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kimberly Harruff

April 20, 2014

Loved my Aunt Pat.