Debra Lynn Harris, 55, of Marshall, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening, July 14, 2009, at her parents' home in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Lincoln United Methodist, with Rev. Darren Rew officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Reeder, Tighe Reeder, Brian Hampton, Tim Reeder, Joe Reser and Roy Wheeler. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life or Benton County Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.davis-miller.com.
She was born May 23, 1954, in Urbana, the daughter of Emmett and Evelyn (Reser) Gardner. She graduated from Lincoln High School, class of 1972. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Methodist University in Fayette. On May 14, 1977, she and George D. Harris were united in marriage at Lincoln United Methodist Church by her grandfather, Rev. Stephen A. Gardner. The couple made their home in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Hannibal and Lamar before moving to Marshall in 1994. She was currently employed as director of medical records at I-70 Medical Center for the past three years, following 10 years as a medical transcriptionist at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. She was a member of Marshall United Methodist Church, Marshall Community Choir and had actively participated in Relay for Life the past three years. She enjoyed playing piano, baking and loved to read; the moments she shared with her family, especially her new granddaughter, Meribelle, were what she treasured most dearly.
She is survived by her husband, George, of the home; two daughters, Amanda Gail Wheeler and her husband, Richmond, of Columbia and Caitlin Elizabeth Harris of Marshall; one granddaughter, Meribelle Wheeler of Columbia; her parents, Emmett and Evelyn Gardner of Lincoln; one sister, Pam Reeder and her husband, Tim, of Marshall; two nephews, Nathan and Tighe Reeder of Marshall; an honorary sister, Cheri Chockley of Jefferson City; other nieces and nephews in Littleton, Colo., and Ottawa, Kan.; and other relatives and many friends.
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