Valeria M. Harris, 96, a resident of Savannah, Mo., formerly of Breckenridge, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Laverna Village Nursing Home, Savannah, Mo.

Valeria was born the daughter of Norvel A. and Elnora B. (Barringer) Switzer on May 5, 1916, in Lovewell, Kan. She married Donald C. Harris on Dec. 8, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan. He preceded her in death on June 12, 1985.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Breckenridge, Mo. Valeria was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Harris and wife Connie, Breckenridge, Mo., and Donald Harris, and wife Debbie, Leavenworth, Kan.; one daughter, Kathleen S. Vanfossen, and husband David, Savannah, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Virginia Larsen, Myra Willett, and Mildred McKenzie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald; three brothers, Gilbert Switzer, Robert Switzer, and Laurel Switzer; three sisters, Pauline Fletcher, Mary Campbell, Barbara Hoch, and one granddaughter, Kim Harris Mason.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church, Breckenridge, Mo., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 1 p.m. A scheduled family visitation will be held at the Pitts Funeral Home, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friends may call at the Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 from 1 until 8 p.m. Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Breckenridge, Mo. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Funeral Home, Breckenridge, Mo.