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Michelle Harris

Feb. 21, 1947-March 9, 2009

Michelle A. Harris, 62, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health Center in Detroit Lakes.

Michelle Arlene Morrison was born to Maynard and Myrtle (Doyle) Morrison on Feb. 21, 1947 in Devils Lake, N.D. She graduated high school at Crookston, Minn. Following in her mother's footsteps, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Jamestown College. She began her teaching career in Coon Rapids, Minn., where her roommate introduced her to her beloved Bob. She completed her master's degree at Moorhead State University, after moving to Detroit Lakes with her family.

Michelle's warm, bright smile could make everyone's day better. Her compassion and great kindness touched so many lives and will be remembered for years to come. Michelle's energy and passion for life, family, friends and work is admirable and should be strived for by all who have had the incredible fortune to have known her. Michelle will not soon be forgotten, but she will be resting peacefully now and watching over us from above on a beach with Bob, sipping a perfectly dry martini.

Michelle was first and foremost a teacher of emotionally and behaviorally challenged students at the Detroit Lakes Middle School. She was an active participant in the United Way of Becker County, a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization of Detroit Lakes, a member of the Damien Society of Detroit Lakes, and participated with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Becker County. She was also involved in Hospice of the Red River Valley in Detroit Lakes, and has been an active supporter and donator to both the Detroit Lakes swimming program and Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics, among many other charities.

Michelle will be remembered and deeply missed by her two daughters, Kristin Harris of San Francisco, Calif., and Heather (Brett) Bridgeman of Detroit Lakes; her mother, Myrtle Morrison of Grand Forks, N.D.; one sister, Karen (John) Tankersley of Grand Forks; along with her twin brother, Michael (Sunny) Morrison of Anchorage, Alaska, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband and soul mate, Bob; and her father, Maynard Morrison.

Thank you all for the continued generous thoughts, prayers and support over the years and especially over the last month while Michelle fought a courageous battle against colon cancer.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations on behalf of Michelle Harris to the Robert A. and Michelle A. Harris Scholarship Endowment/Dollars for Scholars; Hospice of the Red River Valley, to be delivered to Detroit Lakes; the Becker County American Cancer Society; United Way of Becker County; the St. Mary's Innovis Foundation or Jamestown College.

Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium, with the Rev. Brenda North officiating will be Reverend Brenda North.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13 at First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also continue for one hour prior to services Saturday at the DLHS gymnasium.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guestbook as available at