November 20, 1955 – July 8, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am
A memorial service will be held for Claressia Maria Harris at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4400 Woodward Avenue at the corner of Warren at 11 am on Saturday, August 3, 2019, in the Nativity Chapel. You are invited to celebrate the life of Claressia who transitioned to a heavenly life on July 8th. All are welcome as we proclaim her earthly life and graduation to greater joy in God’s grace. Should friends desire, the family has designated St. Jude Children’s Hospital for memorial contributions.
Claressia Maria Harris was born on November 20, 1955, to Bertha Mae (Lewis) Harris and James Harris in Detroit, Michigan. She was the oldest of three sisters (Gwendolyn and Deborah) and raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. She attended parochial schools, was inducted in the National Honor Society graduating from Holy Redeemer High School in 1973 and earning her baccalaureate degree from Marygrove College in Clothing, Textiles and Design in 1977.
Claressia was employed by the State of Michigan serving as a Bookkeeping Supervisor at the Lafayette Clinic, at the Human Services Office in Detroit and at the Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital before taking a disability retirement in 1999. She was faithful and continued exploration of own her spiritual journey while helping others in serving as a spiritual director for the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.
Claressia lived with many physical challenges being diagnosed at an early age with Sickle Cell Anemia. Despite the suggested limitations of the diagnosis, she had a thirst to enjoy life to the fullest. She loved to sew, read, research history and religions, shop, solve puzzles and play electronic games. Claressia was not constrained in offering advice to others and sought to always participate in family events. She was an avid collector, a traveler and proud to have been in Colorado for the papal visit in 1993.
While recent illnesses limited her mobility, Claressia enjoyed celebrating holidays, the graduation of her nephews and that of her grand-niece Briyauna and the wedding of her nephew Blake in New York. She loved her family and sharing with them.
Claressia left to be with God on Monday, July 8 in Ferndale, Michigan. She was proceeded in death by her mother but is left to hold her in love and remembrance her two sisters, Gwendolyn Harris and Deborah Harris-Swan (George III), niece Deborah Ann, nephews, George IV, Trevor and Blake, grand-niece Briyuana, and a host of relatives and friends.