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Deanna Marie "Dee" Harris

July 10, 1941 — May 20, 2023

Charleston, SC

Deanna Marie "Dee" Harris

Deanna Marie Harris, 81, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 20, 2023. She was born on July 10, 1941 in Lock Haven, PA was the daughter of Laurea Passell (Macklem) and Leon Passell.  


Deanna and David would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary in August. They were married on August 26,1961 in Lock Haven, PA. Deanna worked for 30 years at the Bucks County Department of Health as an administrative assistant. Deanna and Dave lived in the same house for 46 years in Doylestown, PA before moving to Charleston, SC. Dee and Dave moved to Charleston in 2006. Deanna loved socializing and Penn State football. Dave and Dee spent many years traveling in their motor home and tailgating at Penn State games with family and friends. Deanna enjoyed planting flowers outside and took pride in a clean house and loved to decorate for the holidays. Dee and Dave loved their many years of card clubs with friends and have enjoyed their senior lunch group. Dee and Dave enjoyed many theater productions over the years and never missed a show in Charleston. She loved sharing chocolate marshmallow ice cream and visiting Dairy Queen. Deanna loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren so much and she was so proud of them. 


Deanna is preceded in death by Leon Passell (Father), Laurea Passell (Mother). Deanna is survived by David Harris (Spouse), Dennis (“Matt”) Harris (Son), Derek Harris (Son) Denise Lawson (Daughter), Brian Lawson (Son-in-Law), and her grandchildren, Nicholas and Dylan Lawson and Addison and Avery Harris. She is also survived by Jackie Michener (Sister), Rod Passell (Brother) and Charles Passell (Brother).  


A Celebration of Life will be held on June 10, 2023 at Southern Roots Smokehouse (2544 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29414). It will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  


Dee fought hard for several months and stumped all the doctors. Dee called herself a “medical conundrum”. We appreciate all the doctors that cared for her in these months. We also want to thank the amazing ICU staff at Roper Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roper St. Francis Foundation ( to help with research, which may help others in a similar situation. 


Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at mcalister-  


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Saturday, June 10, 2023

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