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Deborah Ann Harris

March 30, 1951 — April 27, 2024

Wentzville, formerly of Ozark

Deborah Ann (Scott) Harris, age 73, of Wentzville, passed away in peace at her home Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2024, with her children by her side. 


She was born March 30, 1951, in Dallas, Texas, the youngest daughter to William F. (Bill) Scott and Surina (Mays) Scott. She graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School in 1969. Some time after, she moved into a particular apartment complex in Dallas, where she eventually met a man from a small Missouri town that would become the love of her life, Bruce Harris. 


While the two seemingly had polar opposite upbringings and personalities, the city girl and the country boy just meshed, eventually uniting in marriage on April 5, 1975. They proceeded to move to Bruce’s hometown of Ozark, where he worked in the family’s Harris Funeral Home business, until he was elected Christian County Circuit Clerk and Recorder in 1982. After arriving she joined the Ozark United Methodist Church. 

The couple raised two children, Caleb John Harris, and Annie Elizabeth (Harris) Cundiff. She taught them to be self-reliant, caring, and to always stick up for yourself. 


She was very involved in her children’s extracurricular activities, like coaching Annie’s softball teams, or driving Caleb to school at 6 a.m. to head off to a debate tournament. That strong will would serve her well when Bruce was diagnosed with brain cancer two separate times over the course of 13 years. She was his advocate and his rock, as he was her comforter and protector. 


Deborah was preceded in death by an infant brother, William Matthew Scott; her parents William F. (Bill) Scott and Surina (Mays) Scott; an infant grandson Elijah Bruce Cundiff; her husband of 49 years, P. Bruce Harris; her paternal grandparents; maternal grandparents Albert and Louisa Mays; and several aunts and uncles. 


She is survived by her children Caleb John Harris, of Wentzville and Annie Harris Cundiff and husband Dustin, of Moscow Mills; two grandchildren, Issac Cundiff of Moscow Mills and Allie Cundiff of St. Charles; a sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Paul Goan of Houston, Texas; four nieces; several grand nieces and nephews; cousins; and several special friends.


Per her wishes there will be no funeral services, but there will be a public graveside service at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Weaver Cemetery in Ozark, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Dr. Wade Bridges officiating. 


In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to BJC Hospice, St. Louis, MO.


“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for awhile.”

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