Jean Marjorie Harris (Nelson)


Jean Marjorie Harris (Nelson)


Jean Marjorie Harris (Nelson) died peacefully on Nov. 15, 2019, in Billings, at the age of 90.

Jean was born on March 24, 1929, to Christian and Clara (McClintock) Nelson in Silesia. She grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Edgar High School. She moved to Billings and married Richard Harris in December of 1949. She pursued her passion for art by  becoming a painter and photographer.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Lee Hughes (Harris); her son, Jeff Harris; her grandchildren, Stacie Walker (Harris), Chesna Briceno (Harris), Tara Harris, Jarod Harris, Jason Hughes, Jeremy Hughes, Talea Hughes, Nathan Harris, Christina Johnson (Harris), Anthony Harris, Cody Harris and Kyler Harris; and her 17 great-grandchildren.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Clara (McClintock) Nelson; her brothers, Arthur, Walter and Robert Nelson; sisters Ethel, Dorothy, Ruth, Mae and Mary; her sons, Mark Harris and Scott Harris; and her great-grandchild, Elijah Walker.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings, followed by burial and reception in Ft. Rockvale.

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3 thoughts on “Jean Marjorie Harris (Nelson)”

  1. I went to school with Jean and often dated her during high school at Edgar. She was a very nice person. Robert Bequette

  2. Jean was my Mother-in-law and business partner for many years. More importantly, she was my friend and wonderful grandmother to my sons.
    We both became interested in photography at about the same time. In 1985 we opened Carousel Portrait Studio. Cody (her grandson) was two years old and came to work with us daily. Four years later, Kyler started coming to the studio, at only one week old. I felt fortunate to be self employed as well as being able to bring the boys to the studio with us. The only reason I was able to have a such a wonderful career and still be a full-time mom, was thanks to Grandma Jean. Our business thrived and so did the boys. We went on many great photography adventures together, including the Centennial Cattle Drive. I’ll always be so very grateful to Jean for the years we spent together as business partners and the quality time she gave to me and her grandsons.

    Rest in peace, Jean.

    Juneau Davis

  3. From Sharon Fisher. Jean & I have been friends for 42 years. We had so many fun times when we just visited or went to party’s, took several short trips together where we visited two if her sisters in Wyoming, A sort day trip to Rockville/ area where she showed me where she grew up & the cemetery where her family members are buried & where she would be. We spent a.lot of time laughing and telling childhood & growing up stories & a lot of sadness & tears over family deaths. My children all knew Jean & loved her. My oldest son Jim has the same birthday as Jean & a couple times celebrated together!! I always admired Jean’s artistic side & she gave me many painting lessons & tips. Whenever I painted & would take it to Jean & she would critique it & she was always so honest to tell me what I needed to do. Three weeks ago when I was at her house we spent time in her paint room where she had a new painting started & she showed me a picture of house she grew up in & was excited to paint it. As sad as it was to hear, she told me she was ready to go any time the Good Lord wanted her!! I have to tell you this, the night Jean died my first great granddaughter was born a month early & only weighs 4 lbs & I keep thinking “the Lord giveth & the Lord taketh” !! I think. The Lord blessed me on the night of Jeans death to remember her always!! This little girl is my first my first girl of 10 grandsons, Jean was excited for me!! I will miss her so much & loved her so much!!

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