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Andra Elaine Thomas

December 20, 1960 — January 9, 2021

Andra Elaine Harris Thomas, 61, of St. Johns, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly in her home, Saturday, January 9, 2021. Andra “Andy” was born in Morenci, Arizona on December 20, 1960 to Edna Marie “Tootsie” Bishop and William Edward “Ed” Harris. She was raised in Duncan, Arizona with her brother William “Eddie” Harris and graduated from Duncan High School.

Andy was loved by so many and words will never express how wonderful she was. She will always be remembered as a person of true kindness and generosity. She wore her heart on her sleeve and never stopped giving; always putting others before herself.

She had one daughter, Sarah, and two grandsons, Briten, and Preston who were the light of her life. She was also a proud aunt of four nephews, Lyle, Dustin, Brandon and Billy; who she loved dearly and helped raise as children. There was nothing that brought her more joy than being a mother, grandmother and aunt.

Andy had a successful career working in the copper mining industry for nearly 20 years. Working most of her time as a supervisor in the mill and concentrator, she worked for several different copper mines throughout Arizona; including Phelps Dodge/Freeport, ASARCO and BHP Pinto Valley/Capstone. She was well known and respected. She had a strong desire to succeed and worked hard with dedication and passion. To say Andy was a great supervisor is an understatement. She always went above and beyond. She could take a weak crew and work with them to create a stronger, positive crew. She absolutely loved her career making copper. Andy was also a Certified Nursing Assistant and truly loved taking care of the elderly. She also worked as a volunteer for the Church in St. Johns.

Andy was an amazing person and will be severely missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Faye Thomas (Nathan Hamm), grandchildren, Briten Hamm and Preston Hamm, brother, William “Eddie” Harris, nephews, Lyle Harris, Dustin Harris and Brandon Harris.

She joins in heaven, her parents, William Edward Harris and Edna Marie Bishop Harris and nephew, William Duayne “Billy” Harris.

Services will be held at the Safford, Arizona cemetery in the Spring of 2021. Specific date and time is currently pending and will be announced at a later date.


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