Manda Cozette Harris, known for her creativity and bright spirit, died Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. She was 41. The cause of death was cancer complications.
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Manda grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee and Nacogdoches, Texas. She attended high school in Nacogdoches except for her junior year which she spent in Kandern, Germany at the Black Forest Academy. She loved the international experience and travelled to several spots in Europe, including Russia.
“I knew Manda in Germany when we were teenagers — I loved her bright spirit and sense of humor,” wrote Alissa Coons in a FaceBook tribute. “So sorry you all had to say goodbye so soon.”
After high school, Manda worked in Dallas, where she met Matt Harris, a tech support specialist who would later work for Microsoft. The couple married in 2000 and settled in the Dallas area. Sons Drake and Daegan were born there.
Manda worked at several jobs, including as a guest ambassador at Live Nation concerts and in tech support. After the family moved to Galveston, she was a product designer/producer at Sirius Sigils where her husband made custom glass, and engraved wooden and leather objects.
She was known for her encouraging devotion to friends and family. “She was fiercely loyal,” wrote Rebekah Kennon Sharp in a Facebook tribute. “She was creative; she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind…. She was kind and generous. She always knew how to make me laugh even when I was crying.”
As a child, Manda rejoiced in the addition of her younger sister, Marykate, to the family. She loved to create imaginary scenarios with her, including pulling out all the silverware and pots and pans to arrange a home goods shop in the living room. “I always thought Manda was the coolest big sis,” family friend Rachel Lane wrote.
“She was goofy, funny, intelligent, and a true friend,” Shane Holmberg wrote in a Facebook tribute.
Childhood friend Rachel King Aytes also wrote in tribute. “Manda was indeed beautiful, fun and creative.”
She is survived by her husband, Matthew Harris, sons Drake and Daegan, step-daughter Rynn Hamilton of Paris, Tx. and in-laws James and Carol Harris of Galveston; father and mother, Mark and Bronwyn Turner of Houston; sisters Marykate Hellums of Ft. Worth and Barbara Murphy of Cookeville; brother Zach Turner of Houston; aunt Tiffany Hayes of Austin; and uncles Tim Turner of The Woodlands, and Kyle Turner of San Antonio.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 4:30 P.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Willson Jr. officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service time beginning at 3:30 P.M.
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