Patricia L. Harris, 63, of rural Cozad died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Lincoln. Perch was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Gothenburg to Tony and Bernice (Rasmussen) Gronewold. She grew up in Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1975, then attended Kearney State College.

On May 19, 1979, she married James Harris on her family farm north of Gothenburg. The couple first lived near Brady, then in 1985 moved to their home south of Gothenburg. It took her several years before she was able to claim to be a “Southsider”.

She was a lifelong member of the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg. Perch was a member of the Getaways Extension Club for 35 years. Perch had a knack for gardening and raising flowers and had many gardens as well as a love for houseplants. She was always surrounded by dogs and cats her entire life and had many special ones but none like Gus. Perch had been employed at Pete’s Lounge, Ribbons and Roses Floral, and her last job was as a truck dispatcher for the Nebraska Salt and Grain Co.

Surviving relatives include her husband of 41 years, James of rural Cozad; daughter, Barrie and husband Adam Kuhn of Lincoln; sister, Carol and husband Ron Hudson of Shelton; brother, Loren Gronewold and wife Carol of Sedona, Arizona, brother-in-law, Mike Ripp of Kearney; and brother-in-law Carol Kinnaman of Bloomington, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Karma Ripp and Karen Kinnaman.

Services will be held at American Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating. Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church or the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Dept. To sign the online guest book, go to