This seems to be the first break in the family since infancy when two of her sisters were taken away by death.
Miss Shirley was united in marriage to James Harris, August 22, 1875, and to this union were born four children, three of whom survive their mother, Mrs. Vernice Gritton, of Hammond, and Mrs. Elvira Wooldridge and Milton Judd Harris, both of Lowell. Five grandchildren will also miss her going.
The brother and sisters left to mourn her departure are: Wilson J. Shirley, of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Lura Cleaver, of Fontana, Wis.; Mrs. Eva Brown and Mrs. Eunice Taylor, both of Chicago; Mrs. Elsie Texter, of Gary, Ind.; Mrs. Iza Cobb, Mrs. Anna Dickinson, Mrs. Vinnie Hayhurst and Mrs. Minnie Hayden, all of Lowell. Besides these, many friends and relatives will miss her.
Mrs. Harris heard the call of the Master and in 1894, under the pastorate of Rev. E.P. Bennett, gave her heart to the Lord and taking upon her shoulders the opportunity and responsibility of church membership of the Methodist Episcopal church has tried to do the best she could and that best has been a reality in her life walk and everyone who knew her knows that she was a great character and also that she loved her church and its work and was always ready to do her part.
Mrs. Harris had been a life long resident of Lowell and vicinity and all will miss her, but she passed away April 15, 1928, at the age of 70 years and 4 days. The father and companion passed away about nine years ago.
Funeral services, which were largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends, were held at the home last Wednesday afternoon. Rev. V.V. Hackley conducted the service assisted by Rev. C.A. Brown of South Bend. Interment was made beside her husband in the Pine Grove cemetery, in charge of Sheets and Son.
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