Turetha Harris


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Posted Online: July 17, 2012, 4:48 pm
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Turetha Harris, 44, of Lorton, Va., passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Specialty Hospital of Washington in Washington, D.C.

Her visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East Moline, with services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. P. Wonder Harris will officiate. Burial is at Hampton Township Cemetery. Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, East Moline, is handling arrangements.

Turetha was born Nov. 16, 1967, in Rock Island. She was the daughter of Jake and Ella Mae Martin Harris. Her father preceded her in death.

Turetha was a management analyst for the Securities Exchange Commission, in Washington, D.C., before illness forced her to retire in March 2012. While employed, she was an active union member and participated in several working groups addressing job advancement. She contributed to her community by volunteering at food banks and delivering food to the needy. Turetha was the youngest of eight siblings and a wonderful mother of three children.

Turetha was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Arlington, Va. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior on Dec. 2, 1979, when she was 12 years old and was baptized at Mount Zion Baptist Church of East Moline. She was an amazing cook and an excellent baker. She was a fun-loving, beautiful individual who embraced life with her warm heart and smile. She was a people person who had an impact on everyone she met.

Turetha leaves to cherish her memory one son, Torian Harris, Lorton; two daughters, Sarah Martin and Tasia Harris, Lorton; her mother, Ella Mae Harris, East Moline; two sisters, Pearl Shelton (Henry), Rock Island, and Bessie Harris (Burley), Fort Washington, Md.; five brothers, Lee Thomas, Dale Harris and LeeVon Harris, East Moline, Jerry Harris (Gina), Davenport, and Russell Harris (Zellia), Atlanta, Ga.; two honorary sisters, Cassandra Clay, Springfield, Va., and Daisy Martin, Rock Island; one godson, Tyler Clay-Geedi; 13 nephews; seven nieces; and a host of other loving relatives, her church family, friends and colleagues.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanellisltd.com.














 



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