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Giving as good as she gets

Debra Ann Harris reflects on her life and a conversation with God

Felicia Vasquez/Blue Print

Debra Ann Harris, 57, describes her favorite job as being an at-home caregiver.

“[I was] taking care of all these wonderful old ladies and old men and it was an honor talking and living with these people.”

She was a caregiver six days a week doing jobs for her patients such as cooking, cleaning, check writing, paying bills, and mailing things out.

Mrs. Harris believes that becoming a caregiver is a special calling. She says it was “handed to me by God and I kind of balked at it and He kicked me in the butt with it and said, ‘This is what you want to be!’”

Ms. Harris presently lives in the Sandrock Nursing Home. She says she lived her life as she wanted to up until she contracted MS (Multiple Sclerosis). MS makes muscles extremely weak. She cannot walk well or move her left arm very well, but she has plenty of stories to tell. She recognizes that she has had a great life and continues to be strong and accepting of what her life is now.

Mrs. Harris was born on April 26th, 1955 and raised in Ogden, Utah but later moved to the suburb of Roy. She grew up loving Barbies and getting the cute boys’ attention. Harris lived with both of her parents until she was old enough to go out in the world on her own.

Mrs. Harris has been married to her husband Ron for 33 years and has given birth to four children Christine (41), Joei (39), Bonnie Jo (33), and her only son Ronnie (25). Mrs. Harris recalls the most amazing part of her life.

“I guess maybe the births of my children, especially the birth of my son. After three girls, I pretty much figured I was going to have another girl but then, somewhere in my gut I felt like I was going to have a boy.”

Another of her previous jobs was a real estate secretary. She went to business college to get this job. Before she could do that though she had to get her GED (General Education Test), seven tests in all. She passed and received her high school diploma.

Mrs. Harris loves playing Game Boy during her free time. Her favorite game is Mario-Bros. She also enjoys watching NCIS marathons while in her room. One thing she has always wished she could do is go to Hawaii because she thinks it is so green and beautiful.


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