Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Deborah E. Harris

Passed away on September 9, 2020

Deborah E. Harris, (nee Millis), age 65, lifelong resident of the East Side passed away on September 9, 2020. Beloved wife of Randal Harris for 40 years. Loving mother of Robert (Luci) Harris, Ryan (Diana) Harris, Rebecca Harris and Ross (Emily) Harris. Devoted grandmother of Cole, Brenna, Logan, Aiden, Autumn, Alaina, Aryn, Graham and Opal. Dear daughter of E. Phoebe and late Marvin Millis. Dearest sister of Phoebe Ann Graham, late Mark Millis, Lydia (Martin) Dombrowski and Bernice (William, Jr.) Bielawski. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Lifelong member of East Side Bible Church located on Chicago’s East Side. Visitation Friday, September 11, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until time of funeral services at 7:30 p.m. at the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago, IL 60617. Pastor Jonathan Stephens, officiating. Cemetery private. 773-731-2749www.elmwoodchapel.com.


Funeral Service:
Elmwood Chapel
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Cemetery Private

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 2:00 pm until 7:30 pm

"Randy and Family, our hearts break for you during these difficult days! Debbie meant so much to us from our time as students at MBI and then serving as our Maid of honor at our wedding 44 years ago! Our only regret is losing contact with her over these years and never getting back together when we found each other on facebook. Our hope in Jesus is that we will see her once again when we of faith will be gathered around His throne in Heaven !! We're praying for you all ! May His grace and strength be sufficient for ALL your needs !! "
- Rick and Rose Wulf
September 10, 2020 6:52 am

"Additional Info: Debbie graduated from George Washington High School on the East Side in '73. Then she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago in '76. Once she graduated, she continued in the Stewardship Department as an executive secretary to the Vice President over the Stewardship Department. She had that position until the birth of our first child, Robert in '82. Then she returned as the Head Receptionist in Houghton Hall, the main women's dorm. In '84, she 'retired' to become a Homemaker after the birth of our second child, Ryan. Rebecca and Ross were born in '85 and '87. The kids attended Bethlehem Lutheran school on the East Side. In '95, Debbie decided to home school the kids, which she did for 15 years. Once we became empty-nesters, she had more time for do things spontaneously, including coming to visit me for lunch most every day! Then once the grandkids came along, devoted time to her daughters-in-law and her grandchildren. As far as involvement in leadership roles at East Side Bible Church, as Pastor Jon said, "It would be easier to say what she didn't do!" From heading the music ministries at church, to leading the women's ministries and the Wednesday Night youth ministries, Debbie loved to serve right up to the end when health no longer allowed her to. She was pushed in FaceBook by her children against her will, but quickly saw it as a wonderful way to keep in contact with so many people. So many have appreciated her many posts and photos that showed her love for people and her lover for her Lord, in spite of her many physical and spiritual struggles. Lastly, Debbie was honest. She was a 'what you see is what you get' type of person. She would never have made a good poker player because most of what she thought showed on her face and came out her mouth. If she had a problem with someone, she would not hesitate to talk it out to clear the air so the relationship could be genuinely restored. She was never afraid of conflict, and was always willing to do whatever was necessary to see wrongs righted, evil confronted, and relationships restored, Biblical truth upheld and Jesus honored, because she cared. As her husband, we had our fair share of conflicts as two sinful human beings are likely to have. But as we grew in our love for the Lord, our concern was more about the Lord being honored than whether our pride was hurt. Lastly, I will definitely need truck loads of God's grace to live without Debbie. She has been my best friend and wife for over 40 years. It was definitely and 'iron sharpening iron' relationship. It wasn't always easy, but the effort and the end result was definitely worth it. Thank you, Dear. You will be desperately missed!!!!"
- Randy Harris
September 10, 2020 9:00 pm

"Debbie was an inspiration to me. She was my Sunday school teacher and my junior choir director. I love when verses come to mind from years ago and I think of our time together. I know I will see you again. Love to Randy and family!"
- Kimberly (Hislop) Kubitz
September 11, 2020 1:29 pm

"Dear Randy, Robert, Ryan, Rebecca, Ross and family, I am so sorry for your loss but know you find comfort in knowing Mom is with her Lord for all eternity and you will someday all be reunited. I have fond memories of your time at Bethlehem and that wonderful warm beautiful smile that was always on her face. God be with you you during this time. Shirley Weiss, Kindergarten teacher and sister in Christ. "
- Shirley Weiss
September 11, 2020 4:26 pm

"Dear Randy and family, My wife and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time of loss. We continue to pray God will grant you, and your family, peace and comfort. Yours in Christ, Don and Amanda White "
- Don White
September 12, 2020 9:49 am

"Dear Randy and family, My wife and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time of loss. We continue to pray God will grant you, and your family, peace and comfort. Yours in Christ, Don and Amanda White "
- Don White
September 15, 2020 6:26 am

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