Nancy Leslie Harris, 100, of Memphis died Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the NHC St. Charles (MO).
She was born the daughter of George Edgar Leslie, Jr. and Nanny (Moore) Leslie on November 21, 1921 at her parent’s home in Memphis.
Nancy attended Culver Stockton College before graduating from Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College, now Truman State University.
She married Charles Edward Harris on June 3, 1944. He preceded her in death on December 9, 2015.
Nancy was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority in college and played the cello in the orchestra. She was involved in many community activities after she and Charles settled in Memphis including: scouts, Sunday and Bible School, the community theater, community choir and playing the piano at nursing homes.
She was the organist at the Memphis First Baptist Church and played for many weddings and funerals. She also played cello in a local group.
Nancy was a member of P.E.O.
She worked at Harris Motor Company, was a substitute teacher, taught business classes and band at the high school.
Nancy was instrumental in establishing the following programs: the first kindergarten in Scotland County, the construction of the new Scotland County Memorial Library, the delivering of Meals-On-Wheels, was an advocate for the first recycling program in Scotland County and was on the Senior Housing Advisory Board.
The Harris’ loved traveling internationally with friends and through many states to see their grandchildren. Through her 100 years, she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was beloved by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters and brothers-in-law: Lucy and Don Bruner, Lillian and Joe Lewis and Mary Louise and Clyde Brown; a daughter-in-law, Louise (Daniels) Harris; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Tom Myers, and a grandson, Andrew Scott Miller.
She is survived by her children: Leslie Ruth (Reen) Gant of Montgomery City, MO, Charles Edward “Chipper” Harris, Jr. of Memphis, Nancy Elizabeth “Betsy” (Ron) Miller of Lake St. Louis, MO, Richard Geoffrey Harris of Memphis and Sally Ann (Dan) Dwyer of Chesterfield, MO; twelve grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. Sending prayers to family during this time. Nancy was a sweet lady and will be missed.
I didn’t know Nancy personally, but I know Chipper and Geoff from school and home town visits. I had just started sending Nancy cards, as I did for many of the folks who were displaced when the nursing home closed. My heart goes out to the entire family. What a great life she lead.
Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing she was my mom’s next door neighbor at the care center in Memphis and sat at her lunch table. She will be missed. Condolences to her family.
I will never forget the kindness Nancy gave me as a child growing up without a mother. She was an inspiration.
So sorry for your loss. She was a lovely and respected lady.
I gave a program on my button collection at the RCF. Nancy was so interested in them and my presentation. She was such a classy, kind lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
I am so very sorry to hear of Nancys death. She was a kind, sweet and loving soul. She always had a smile and we enjoyed many visits when I worked at SCCC.
I am so blessed to have known her.
Love to her family.
Deepest sympathy to the Harris family. What a wonderful video of memories.
Prayers for your families. Nancy was such a sweet caring person. I would get to visit with her some at the SCNH. She always knew her and my father were born the same year.
Prayers to the Family, I am so Fortunate to have known Nancy. What a Special Lady, I so enjoyed visiting with her ❤
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