HARRIET ILO (RICE) HIGHLAND, 70, of New Haven, Ind., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, 8:30 p.m., at Towne House Retirement Community following a three year illness. Born Dec. 22, 1944, she was a daughter of Estella M. (Kitchen) Rice of Decatur and the late Robert J. Rice. On June13, 1964, she married Ronald K. Highland at the First United Methodist Church, in Decatur, Ind. Harriet attended Leo United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Sierra Club and Acres of Fort Wayne. She graduated from Monmouth High School Class of 1962 and then International Business College in 1963. Prior to having her children, she was employed at Mass Mutual. She was also a self-employed business owner of Highland Bears for over 30 years. She traveled around to different craft shows to show her bears. She is also survived by her husband of 51 years, Ron Highland of New Haven; daughter, Jennifer (Otis) King of Fort Wayne; daughter, Rhonda (Joel) Huebner of Fort Wayne; son, Douglas (Tammy) Highland of Fort Wayne; sister, Nancy (Gerald) Reau of Lima, Ohio; brother, David (Suzy) Rice of Decatur; sister, Rebecca (Bud) Kemp of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild arriving in December of 2015. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, in Decatur, with Pastor David Heim officiating. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the funeral home. Preferred memorials to ALS or Acres Land Trust.

POSTED: 09/09/15 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Obits