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December 12, 2013

Mary Darlene Harris

Dec. 13, 1945 — Dec. 12, 2013

DUNCAN — Mary Darlene Harris, longtime resident of Duncan, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Dec. 12, 2013, in Searcy, Ark., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Prague. She was valedictorian at Keota High School in 1963. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1967, with a Bachelor of Science in English Education. She taught English at Velma High School and substituted extensively in the Duncan School system.

She performed volunteer work with the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ Compassion Center, and taught Sunday school classes for the second-grade students.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Phil; three daughters: Holly Hixson of Kigali, Rwanda, Africa, Jill Stroud of Searcy, and Lara Johnson of Syracuse, N.Y. They had six grandchildren: Alexis Hixson, Grace Hixson, Jamie Hall, Taylor Hall, Nicholas Johnson and Ella Johnson. They had three step-grandchildren: Ashley Stroud, Levi Stroud and Luke Stroud. She is survived by a brother, Charles Cook of Paden; and sisters: Shirley Brinkley of Pasco, Wash., Ann Medlinger of Hastings, and Charlene Allen of Oklahoma City.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Central Church of Christ in Shawnee, with Leonard Keele of the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, Duncan, officiating.  Arrangements are made through Walker Funeral Service in Shawnee. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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