Gloria Dean Harris was born on November 3, 1930, on Rider Mountain in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She was the fifth child born to Eva Mae Hendricks and the second child born to Wirt Fields Hendricks.
In 1946 Gloria moved to California and in 1953 she married Roy H. Harris. They settled in Downey, CA and raised their two children Colene Elaine and Roy Dean.
When they retired they moved to Tahlequah, OK to be near her family.
Roy H. died on August 28, 2013, and Gloria will be buried beside him.