Brigitte Maria Harms was born on March 16, 1960 in Gelnhausen, Germany to Irma and Friederich Ullrich. She joined her heavenly family on November 17, 2021 in Miles City, MT surrounded by her husband of 42 years and her children and family.
Brigitte and Walter Harms Jr met and then married on December 15, 1978 in Gelnhausen, Germany, where Walt was stationed in the Army. On May 29, 1980, they made their way back to the United States with their oldest child Bernard and lived on various ranches in the Matla, MT area. They later welcomed two additional children, Jeremey and Josie. They were surrounded by the Harms and Johannesens, where the 2 families intertwined to make a large blended family that she was very proud of. They then moved to the southeastern MT area in 1983, again living on various ranches where Brigitte raised their 3 children, worked as a CNA, and Walt worked as a ranch hand.
Brigitte was a dedicated healthcare provider, working as a CNA for 32 years in various facilities, her favorite being the Friendship Village in the Alzheimer’s Unit. She fostered many lifelong friendships during this time. She always said that she felt like she was just working with her friends, taking care of others who have lost their minds. She often threatened Walt that she was going to drop him off there, but the only issue with that was, he knew the code to get out of the unit.
German blood ran thick through Brigitte’s veins, providing her with a huge heart that outpoured love, a great sense of humor, and of course her stubbornness. She perfected her infamous eye roll (which she inherited to her children) and loved getting the last word in with people, even in her final moments. Anyone who knew Brigitte, knew that she thought the world of her grandchildren. She was their confidant, protector, instigator of shenanigans, creator of the Christmas gag gift, master of “the Granny handshake”, and the best Oma ever. She even went so far as to convince them she had a brother Alf that lived upstairs. She enjoyed telling ghost stories, often firing up their wild imagination, convincing them when there was an unexpected sound or movement, and has promised to haunt Jeremey. Even in her last days, the one thing that made her face light up was having her grandchildren come to visit her. She never missed an opportunity to tell them Ich Liebe Dich.
She is survived by her husband Walter, her dog Dottie, their children Bernard (Erin) Harms, Jeremey (Meriah) Harms, and Josie (Randy) Reid, her grandchildren Cayeton, Charlie, Aila, Tyler, Jordin, Kahlon, Kaylee, Lexi, Colton, Peyton, Elyzabeth, Dailyn, Joseph and Jodie, her sister Karin (Manfred) Kraft, special niece Daniela and numerous extended family members and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Lieselotte, Helga, Annemarie, and an infant sister Friedericke, Bill and Josie Shaw and Walter Harms Sr, and several family members too numerous to mention. She will be set free in locations special to her at a later date.
She did not want her death to be a time of sadness, but to instead be an opportunity to laugh and celebrate her well accomplished life. If friends and family should desire, memorial donations can be made directly to the Community 1st Federal Credit Union for the family.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Grace Bible Church on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.. A luncheon will follow at the church. Please contact the family if you would like to bring a potluck dish.