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Dorothy Crawford Harris was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Rockwall County near Fate, Texas, to cotton farmers Leila Mae and John Reagan Crawford. Dorothy attended schools in Fate and Rockwall.   
She passed away Jan. 28, 2016, at the age of 93.
Dorothy Harris received her undergraduate and Master of Education degrees from East Texas State Teachers College, now Texas A&M-Commerce. She was married to Arsie Lee Harris on March 6, 1949; and they resided in Royse City before moving to Garland in 1954. They lived in Garland for 60-plus years and were loyal and active members of the First Baptist Church of Garland. She served the children’s department by playing the piano and teaching Vacation Bible School.
Dorothy was a lifelong elementary school teacher, educating the children of her community for 42 years. She began her career in Ennis, taught for eight years in Royse City, and completed her last 31 years at Caldwell Elementary in Garland. A dedicated learner, she was an active member of several teaching organizations: Garland Retired School Personnel, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Kappa Kappa Iota. 
Dorothy and her husband, Arsie, shared a love of adventure. They traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She brought back a children’s book from every country they visited.
During her retirement she enjoyed her lifelong status as one of the Fate Girls, a close group of childhood friends who met, shared memories, and preserved the history of Fate.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Arsie Lee Harris; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Reagan Crawford; and one brother, James Reagan Crawford.  
She is survived by her twin sister, Doris Crawford Cullins of Rockwall; her sister, Katherine Crawford Stevener and brother-in-law Lynn Ray Stevener of Rockwall; brother Clyde Franklin Crawford and sister-in-law Betty Anderson Crawford of Fort Worth; as well as many nieces and nephews who remember her continued love, kindness, and generosity throughout their lives.
Funeral services were held at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel in Rockwall on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jack Schmid of First Baptist Church of Garland officiating. Interment followed in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery. 
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  February 5, 2016
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