Rebecca Harris was born August 11, 1939 to her parents, Caesar and Lena Smith, in Greensboro Alabama. Rebecca gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was a faithful member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. J.C. Wade, Jr. where she served on the Young Adult and Senior Usher Board, Sunday school, and Golden Fellowship ministries. After Rebecca graduated from Parker High School in 1957, she married Sylvester Harris and together, they moved to East Chicago, IN in 1964. They were married for over 50 years and shared four children together. Rebecca worked for the East Chicago School System in the cafeteria for over 25 years. She loved serving the students at school, cooking, sewing at home, and dressing up for Sunday service. Rebecca also enjoyed traveling to Arizona to see her daughter Brenda and traveling to Alabama to see her family. That was the highlight of her summers. Rebecca Harris passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Aperion Health in Gary, IN. She was 80. She is preceded in death by her parents Caesar and Lena Smith; husband Sylvester, Sr.; daughter Brenda and sister Julia Ryce. Rebecca to cherish her memories three sons Michael (Angela) Lewis, Ferdinand (Wanda) Smith, and Sylvester, Jr. (Lisa) Harris all of East Chicago, IN; one sister Carrie Gilbert of Eastlake, Alabama; 11 grandchildren Michael, Jr. (Star), Dominique, Mariah and Benjamin Lewis, Ferdinand II, Adrianna, and Lauryn Smith, Porsha, Zachariah, Jazmine Harris and Isaac English; four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Lillian Hicks and Irene Jordan and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
God looked at his calendar, checked his list, pulled up the name Rebecca Harris, called on his angels, cleaned a new pair of wings and whispered her name. She answered, “Thank you Lord.”
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