Rose Marie Harris

May 22, 1959 ~ February 29, 2020 (age 60)


Rose Marie Harris was born May 22, 1959 to Pearl Moon and Willis Harris in Portland, Oregon.

At the age of six months the family relocated to San Diego California, where Rose accepted Christ at an early age. She began her formal education at Chollas Elementary, and Gompers Middle school. The family relocated for a short time to Imperial County where Rose Graduated from Brawley Union High School.

Rose returned to San Diego to raise her family of which she truly adored. She was an awesome provider that nurtured and showered love upon her children.  She was quick to praise them but did not spare the rod in order to keep calm and order within the home.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for the family. Taking care of her family was a priority.

Rose had an infectious personality and was always the life of the party. She was a master Spades and a Domino player and an excellent dancer.

Above all, Rose had a beautiful spirit that radiated both inside and out. Her gorgeous smile could fill a room and brighten your day. Her family affectionately called her “Cheesy” because of her magnificent smile. Parliament Funkadelic and The Zapp Band were among her favorite groups to listen to, and dance to.

On February 29, 2020, Rose Marie Harris left this life and entered into eternity. She was preceded in death by parents Pearl Moon and Willis Harris, husband Greg Wanton, Sr., sister Juanita Evans, and two brothers Anthony Townsend, and Raynard Wells. 

Left to treasure her memory are five daughters Tanika Renee White, Shaqueda Dikisha Evans, Syreeta Marie Evans, Quinnesha Antonia Patton, daughter-in-law Shaunte Wanton, and one “favorite” son Gregory Van Wanton, Jr.; four sisters Yolanda Palmer, Sophia Moon, Sonja Downing, Shanetta Wells, her only brother Eric Wells, seventeen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one on the way, and a host of family and friends.


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Funeral Service
March 12, 2020

11:00 AM
Preferred Cremation & Burial Chapel
6406 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115

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