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Marilyn Harms, age 72

Posted: Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

Marilyn Harms, age 72 of Sioux Falls, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Marilyn Fergen was born December 22, I940 in Sioux Falls, SD to Minnie and Wilfred (Babe) Fergen. The family lived in Sioux Falls until she was 11 years old and they then moved to Fremont, Nebraska. Marilyn graduated from Fremont High School in I958. She then went on to further her education in nursing at St. Joseph in Omaha. She married Gordon Harms on September 23, I961 in Fremont, Nebraska. To this union produced three children. Marilyn then went to Physician Assistant School in Grand Forks, ND in I978. The family then moved to Brookings in I979 where she worked for the Brookings Clinic until the early 1990s. She then moved to Flandreau in the early 1990s where she worked for the Flandreau Medical Clinic as a PA and owned the Talk of the Town Bed & Breakfast. During her years at Flandreau she was honored by the American Academy Physician Assistants for Outstanding PA of the Year and also received the Humanitarian of the Year award. She then made the move to Vermillion, SD where she was the Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program at USD.

After her retirement from USD she worked for a period of time doing her Locum Tenen work around the state. She then made the bold move to Birmingham, England to introduce the PA profession to United Kingdom medical profession. In May of 2007 she moved to Sioux Falls, SD where she resided until her death. For nearly four decades Marilyn sponsored medical missions to underdeveloped countries around the world. She was President of the South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants.

She is survived by her ex-husband: Gordon Harms, Brookings, SD; three children: David Harms of Brookings, Dianne of Spicer, MN and Dan (Katie) Harms of Sioux Falls; three granddaughters: Teresa, Paige and Lindsey; one sister: Dee (Terry) Roumph of Fremont, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service was held February 9 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

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