Donna Marie Harris, age 58, of Goodyear, died Oct. 2 at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, due to sudden complications while battling a serious illness.
Ms. Harris was born in 1958 in Winchester, Va., to Roy and Nancy Harris. She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Va. in 1977. She then obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Upon graduating in 1981, Ms. Harris moved to the Phoenix area and pursued a long and distinguished career with the Arizona Department of Corrections. After 22 years of service, she retired as a bureau administrator in 2004. Following her retirement, Ms. Harris started her own all natural skin care and home products business called NaturOli Beautiful LLC in Peoria, with her late life partner, Chris Sicurella. The business continues to operate in her honor.
Ms. Harris found true joy in being there for others and took pride in caring for and being compassionate toward those she loved. She enjoyed taking trips back to Virginia to visit her parents and family and spent a lot of her free time with her daughter, Christina.
Ms. Harris is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Clayton Luft, of Goodyear; her parents, Roy and Nancy Harris, of Mount Jackson, Va.; and her brother, Martin Harris, of Great Falls, Va. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held for all friends, family, and loved ones in the Phoenix area 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Best Funeral Services, 9380 W. Peoria Ave. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway Suite 2700, New York, N.Y. 10006, or online at http://www.liverfoundation.org/, or to your favorite charity of choice.