Gusta M. (Maulding) Harris

Born: Mon., May 30, 1921
Died: Tue., Oct. 8, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Gusta M. “Gussie”  Harris, 92 of Robinson, IL., formerly of Oblong, IL., passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8:24 p.m. at the Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, IL.

Born in Douglas County, IL; on May 30, 1921, she was the daughter of Robert Leonidas “Bob” Maulding and Noma (Tolley) Maulding.  Gussie was a graduate of the Casey High School class of 1939; a member of the Pleasant Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church and attended EUM Church, Oblong, IL.  Before marriage, Gussie worked at “the old movie theater” in Oblong and O. F. Edwards Drug Store in Oblong, IL.  She was a factory worker most of her life and retired from Victor-Dana, Robinson, IL.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, cross word puzzles and most of all loving her children and grandchildren.

On May 5, 1947, she married Chester M. “Chet” Harris and he preceded her in death on January 31, 2003. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Debbie Harris, Clay City, IL.; Randy and Brenda Harris, Oblong, IL.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Phil Rich, Oblong, IL.; eight grandchildren: Levi Harris and partner Jacob Trimble, Chicago, IL.; Laura and Adam Garrett, St. Louis, MO.; Michael Harris, Oblong, IL.; Emily Harris, Oblong, IL.; Jennifer and Chad O’Dell, Oblong IL.; Jessica Cooley, Robinson, IL.; Melissa and Chris Cupp, Hardinville, IL.; Jamie and Tim Rains, Hutsonville, IL.; nine great-grandchildren: Levi Cupp and Lucus Cupp, both of Hardinville, IL.; Dessa Cooley and Kristopher Cooley, both of Robinson, IL.; Samuel Rains and Henry Rains, both of Hutsonville, IL.; Blake Vest, Oblong, IL.; Chalyn O’Dell; and soon to be Baby Garrett due in February 2014; a sister-in-law Isabel Clark, Newton, IL.; and several nieces and nephews.

Gussie is preceded  in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, an infant daughter, one brother, Don W. Maulding, in 2001; and a granddaughter-in-law, Shara Harris.

Visitation will be on Friday, October, 11, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the funeral home with Bro. Brad Harris officiating.  Burial will be in the Oblong Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to: Pleasant Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Oblong Sports Boosters or Oblong Music Boosters, with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 121, Oblong, IL  62449. Condolences and memories to the family at

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