Betty Jean Harris, 93, of Salem, passed away on Friday, February 19.
She was born in Salem, the daughter of the late Willis C. and Elsie Wood Garst and had been a resident all of her life. She was employed as an administrative assistant with Roanoke County Public Schools for many years and was nominated as Secretary of the Year. Betty was also a longtime member of Salem Baptist Church and enjoyed embroidery, sewing, gardening, crocheting and reading her Bible. She truly was “Salem born, and Salem bred.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Harris, Sr.; two brothers, Richard C. Garst and Willis C. “Billy” Garst, Jr., and by a sister, Shirley G. Maupin.
She is survived by her son, Joseph A. “Buck” Harris, Jr. and Alicia; a grandson, Jacob Harris; great-grandchildren MacKenzie and Colton; her sister, Evelyn G. Jones; sister-in-law, Cecilia Garst and several nieces and nephews.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and weather uncertainties, a memorial service will be planned for a later date. An online guestbook is available for family and friends by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.