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 Ruth Marie Harris, age 95, of Springfield, Missouri and formerly of Lamar, Missouri passed away, August 10, 2018.

Ruth was born January 30, 1923 in Racine, Wisconsin to August and Annetta (Lui) Deragowski. She graduated Lamar High School in 1941. On April 16, 1949, she married Dwain Hunter Harris, and together they raised three children. Ruth taught many years in rural schools and then taught 4th and 5th grade in the Lamar School System for over 30 years, while working on her master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University. After Dwain’s death in 1999, she married Richard E. Alexander on December 31, 2000 and he preceded her in death December 17, 2007. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamar, Missouri State Teacher’s Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and Business and Professional Women’s Association.

Survivors include a son, Gregory Harris, rural Lamar, Missouri; two daughters, Carol Harris, Lamar, Missouri, and Cheryl (Randy) Scholze, San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Alexandra Scholze, Wyatt Davis, and Morgan Davis; and one brother, John Deragowski. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Dwain Hunter Harris and Richard E. Alexander; five brothers and three sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Thursday, August 16, 2018 at St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, Missouri. Private family burial to follow at in Lake Cemetery, Lamar, Missouri.

Rosary will be 5:30 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Daniel Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the Rosary from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Contributions are suggested to Lamar Guardian Angels for children in need, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#11 Cumming, GATim & Eva Buchanan 2018-08-16 21:36
We send our condolences to the family. We loved Mrs. Harris! She will always be in our forever memories!
#10 RE: Ruth M. HarrisTerri Braker 2018-08-15 20:45
Mrs. Harris was one of my favorite teacher, always so sweet!
When I graduated high school I was so thrilled that she remembered me a brought me a gift of perfume. Thanks for that special memory.
#9 LamarKristy Runion 2018-08-15 10:27
Carol and family,
So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Harris was my fourth grade teacher. She was always so kind and pleasant in the classroom and every time I saw her in the community. She had a positive impact on a lot of children and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#8 Lees Summit MOAngie Phipps Martin 2018-08-14 17:05
Mrs. Harris was on of my favorite teachers. She set a high standard that I reflected on as I have served as an educator. Please know that the many students she served grieve with you. I wish I could be in Lamar to let you know personally how she touched my life. One story that I will always remember ... when I lost my great, great grandma as a 4th grader, Mrs. Harris had placed a locket on my desk when I returned from missing school for the funeral as a gift to remember my grandma. That was such a thoughtful and kind gesture. I hope her warmth and love at that time of sadness is also present for all those who loved her at this time.
With sympathy,
#7 Lee's SummitAngie Phipps Martin 2018-08-14 15:59
Mrs Harris was one of my favorite teachers. As an educator myself, she set a high standard that I try to live up to each day. I am sorry that I can't be there to share my gratitude for her touch on my life and the lives of so many others. Please know we share in your grief.
With sympathy,
#6 Joplin, MoJane Ann Mckay 2018-08-14 06:40
My thoughts and prayers are
With the family!!
#5 LamarKent Harris 2018-08-14 03:50
I was sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Although we are distantly related, I would still say she was always such a pleasant person when our paths crossed with her smile and positive personality.
I made sure my mom knew of Ruth's passing and she did when I told her earlier today. She commented what a nice person she was when they were farm wives out in the Kenoma area.
Again, my condolences to the family, especially Greg, Carol, and Cheryl.


#4 Lamar, MOSusan Davis-Mabe 2018-08-14 02:26
Carol, Greg and Cheryl,
So sorry to read of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful teacher and a great person. I will always have fond memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.
#3 Oronogo, MODiana Ryan 2018-08-13 23:36
Carol, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I’ll keep you & your family in my prayers.
#2 LamarJanet Cohu Sitton 2018-08-13 18:45
I am out of state at this time and am so sorry to not be able to see Mrs. Harris one last time. She was just a special lady and made the world a better place in so many ways. My sympathy.

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