Obituaries
Emily Harms 
Service for Emily Harms will be Friday Dec.19th at 2pm at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee Ok. 
Viewing times will be Wednesday, Dec. 17th at the Lanman Funeral Home in Cherokee from 2-6
Thursday the viewing times will be 10-8  with the family present from 6-8 at Cherokee funeral home
Iris Lucille Burrows
Iris Lucille Burrows was a wonderful woman. She was dearly loved by her husband, two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not to mention the many friends and church family she also had. She was an old-fashioned woman, sometimes set in her ways, but never failed to lend a hand, or a batch of cookies, whenever anyone needed.
Iris was born on January 2, 1928, on a family farm near Corwin, Kansas. So began the life of the woman that people today are proud to call their mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She died December 6, 2014 at 86 years of age.
She attended high school in Kiowa and then went on to receive her teaching certificate at Emporia Teacherís College. She married Bill after graduation and they were married for over 50 years. She taught 6th grade English in Clearwater. They lived in the same house on N. Linden in Belle Plaine throughout their lives and had two kids, Ed and Nancy. Iris retired from teaching as soon as she realized she no longer had the patience for the students, and instead began a full-time job as a grandmother.
Beyond her career, Iris volunteered and was seen all around the community of Belle Plaine. She and her sister-in-law, La Dean Cragan, started the first Girl Scout troop in town and remained active in it even as her granddaughters joined their own Brownie troops. She also was part of the local Grandmotherís Club, a quilting group, and the historical society, and regularly ate lunch at the Barner Center.
Iris also made sure to never miss a Belle Plaine basketball game, especially when her grandchildren were the stars of the team! She was a constant in the stands, taking stats throughout the game, and always had a candy bar and fruit snacks for the MVP of the game, (always her own grandchildren!)
In addition to community involvement, Iris also stayed active at her church, the Belle Plaine Church of Christ. She taught Bible class for many years and set a Godly example for her students and cared deeply for each oneís well-being. She took her teaching role seriously and loved and helped raise the kids at church as much as her own.
Iris is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; parents, Charles and Belle Helmley; and a brother, Charles Helmley. Survivors include her son, Ed Burrows (Debby), of Belle Plaine; daughter, Nancy Blake (Dennis), of Hazelton; a sister, Bessie Colson, of Louisburg, MO; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Interment was in the Belle Plaine cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Belle Plaine Church of Christ.