December 9, 1954-September 20, 2020
With sadness, my brother and I regret to announce the passing of our mother, Debra Lynn Pritchard Harris, age 65, on Sept. 20, 2020. Debbie departed this earth peacefully in her Hanover home surrounded by her beloved family and pets.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael (Mike) L. Harris (2012); her father, Richard (Dick) A. Pritchard (2003), and her great-niece, Jamie Lynn Sample (2003).
Debbie is survived by her son, David M. Harris (Blair); her daughter, Carolynn H. Globig; granddaughters, Abigail L. Harris and Klara F. Globig; her mother, Frances (Fran) H. Pritchard of Gloucester; her sister, Brenda P. Bearekman (Steve); nieces and nephews, Kristina B. Bearekman Sample, Brian H. Bearekman, Matthew C. Bearekman, Jennifer L. Pingley, and Jonathan M. Harris; and treasured great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Debbie, a Richmond native, attended Freeman High School and graduated from Radford University, where she met her husband.
When her children, David and Carolynn, were younger, Debbie enjoyed several years of teaching at her beloved Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Then as her own family grew up, she became the most wonderful first grade teacher. She served students at Westover Hills Elementary School in the City of Richmond and at Baker Elementary School in eastern Henrico. She truly loved her students.
Debbie was a longtime member of Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, where she served on the Altar Guild and was a House Church Leader alongside Mike. They also enjoyed their time as members of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, in New Kent.
Debbie and Mike lived in New Kent for 14 years. They loved historic homes and were blessed to own and reside at Cedar Grove, built in 1773, a part of the Goddin Plantation.
Consistent with her love of teaching, Debbie participated in several research studies to help further Huntington’s Chorea medical training, scientific research, and improve patient treatment.
We are very thankful for the care and support provided by the staff at VCU Parkinson and Movement Disorder Clinic and Bon Secours Palliative Care and Hospice.
Donations in her honor may be made to Reedswood Christian Church, 7694 Meredith Drive, Gloucester, Va. 23061, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) https://HDSA.org.