To Vernell and the Harris Family;
Your mother was at times my mother. I remember when she moved a mountain for me. I will NEVER forget that. She was one of the strongest women I have ever met. I'm sure that Mable was one of the first to greet her because she loved her dearly. You were lucky to have her as a mother and we were lucky to have known her. I am very sorry for your loss.
Love, Michelle Butler
Truly a bright and wonderful light was gone out. The light that she cast in the Yuba-Sutter area will not be soon forgotten. Ms. Harris clearly let you know where she stood on any any issue, and I loved her for that. Her gatherings on Sunday evenings were a mixture of politics and down home visits.
Reverend Dante L. Rome and Family
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful lady, but join in the celebration of a useful life, well lived and one that truly did make a difference. My memories of Mrs. Harris usually involved seeing her grab her handbag and stalk out of school board meetings to file yet another complaint with the appropriate agency. She was a wonderful friend to my mother, Marilyn Leal, who speaks of her often. Patty Connolly Dark
I would like to share this description I found of Sojourner Truth: “Every eye was fixed on this almost Amazon form, which stood nearly six feet high, head erect, and eyes piercing the upper air like one in a dream. Those only can appreciate it who saw her powerful form, her whole-souled, earnest gesture, and listened to her strong and truthful tones.”
Zelma was my Sojourner Truth. Her determination was something to see and admire and when she set her mind to accomplishing something, one could only marvel at her tenacity! Hardship and adversity were no stranger to Zelma but there was never any doubt she would overcome. She was a mother who loved her children fiercely and expected nothing less from them than their very best while, at the same time, respecting their uniqueness and individuality. She was a mover and a shaker and if I could dedicate a song in honor of Zelma, I think it would be:
“Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me round, turn me round, turn me round
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me round, keep on a walkin’, keep on a talkin’, walkin’ on to freedom land.”
The world would be a better place if there were more Zelmas in it! Rest easy Friend – You’ve fought a good fight, you’ve finished the course and you’ve kept the faith. I’m very honored to have known you.
Brenda, I was sad about your mother.But I know she is with our Lord an Savior Jesus Christ, an that is a blessing. Mrs Harris was a wonderful lady an was really loved,I count myself blessed to have known her.You and your family are in our prayers.
Not a day will go by that the memory of her will not enter you mind...May those thoughts be filled with joy & love.
Blessings of love to the Harris family. I take great pride to have known & loved your mother. She stood tall in stature & in character. In love, peace and justice to which Ms. Harris always stood for. Best, Therese "Terri" Valdez
To the family of Zelma, I am so sorry for your loss, my father knew Zelma well and she was at our home many times. As children she babysat us a few times.....she was so kind.....the Clark family will never forget her!
Wow, I went to school with Raymond, Michael and Vernell for those many years and never knew your mother to be anything but an outstanding woman, strong and loving. Now that I read her history, I am further awed by her initiative and unrelenting desire to stand up for injustices that covered the entire spectrum. I wish I could be there, to honor her life.
To the Harris Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Mom, Zelma, was a phenomenal woman.
Ms.Zelma blazed a fiery path.Never holding back and ALWAYS stood her ground.Thank you for always standing up for what's right, being the rock of the family, opening your home to everyone( no one was ever a stranger), and showing us unconditional love. May we all continue to honor your legacy by living our own lives by the example that you set for us.
I will never forget the good times we had during your trips here to LA and the fish market with our dad, Mel. The two of you are kindred spirits. We will miss all that good food.Can't nobody burn like Ms.Zelma. We love you.
Georgette Powell and Family
Mel's Fish Market -Emmett, Howard, Sergio, Joe, Henry
To the Harris family,
It was an honor to have met and known Zelma while growing up in Yuba City. She was an inspirational woman whom I admired very much. She was a role model for freedom, compassion, and justice. I am a better person for having known her. May she rest in peace.
With deepest sympathy,
To the Harris Family
Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Your mother was one of the first people to come to my aid after my home was damaged in the devastating '86 flood. She solicited donations from our fellow employees in Sutter County, and the help was so appreciated, and I loved her so much for that, and for the fact that she was an outstanding personality with an unforgettable laugh.
She was so proud of her children, and never kept your achievements to herself. She was proud to sing your praises, and I know that each of you are equally proud of her. She will be missed.
Stick, Sutter Co. Central Services/Public Works
To the Harris family, please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow and rejoicing. Words and thoughts cannot express the significance of this moment. You and I are very lucky people in that we had parents who really made a difference in this world....not only in our life, but the life of others....our thoughts are with you...stay strong
Condolances are never enough when one loses a belobed Mother. Our family havg recently gone though the loss of our Parents reach out to you with our prayers. We hope you find solace in the wonderful and cherised memories you have of her and remember always that though we did not have the pleasure of knowing her, we have the pleasure of knowing and feeling the force of her legacey, Brenda my family and I know that chidren are a reflection, and do not become who they are by accident. Our prayers say thank you Alice for all your years of devotion thank you for the frontline soldier that you caused to impact our lives. Your memorey is etched in in the live of the thousands of California chidrens live you have touched . Thank you
Warmest Personal Reagerds and Condolances,
The Celes King Family
Los Angeles, California
The Harris Family has the condolences, prayers and enouragement of the members, volunteers and staff of The Black Star Project during this time of sorrow.
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember Zelma as a strong, no nonsense parent, as I was friends with Brenda during grammar school years. My mother enjoyed attending Sunday mass with Alice who is a close family friend. She will always be there in your memories. You are in our prayers.
I was so sorry to read the passing of Mrs. Harris. May God watch over the family and help you through this time of loss. Alice: You are a very special friend and I hope you stay strong. You are loved and my prayers are with you.
Donna Ferrol (Sullivan)
I want to thank everyone who knew Zalma and those who took the time to write such kind words about my mom. She loved Marysville and the people here became her extended family. She will be missed dearly for not only was she an amazing mother but my hero as well. "Thank you for everything mom, I love you. Say Hi to God for me."
Your loving son Robert and wife Peggy.
To the Harris Family,
We are sorry to hear of Zelma's passing, yet we are happy to have known such a strong, loving and important women whom met so much to you, her friends and her community.
What a wonderful lady she was.
To the Harris Family,
I am sorry for your loss. My family and I know what you're going through. May God bless you and keep you. I will keep you in my prayers. Now you have your Special Angel watching over you and you have beautiful memories. She and my mother are dancing with the Angels.
Harris Family, Im so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing and pray that in this time of sorrow that you all stay strong. God Bless you all and we will all see her again when we get to Upper Room. RIP!!
Zelma is first class. Smarter than anyone else in the room, with a large, brave heart. The Harris family is one of Marysville's finest and brightest.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
~ The Appeal-Democrat Family
Vernell and family
I am so sorry for your loss. Since 1974 and sharing 2 weeks watching your mom battle for education reform at Mills College in Oakland, to all the council meetings, to her kind letters when my dad passed, well, their will never be another. Your mom will always be a legend in my eyes.Frank Crawford, Marysville
May the Good Lord give you strength and courage in this time of sorrow. I worked with Zelma back in the mid 70's while employed for Sutter County Building and Grounds. I remember her smile and laughter that could be heard up and down the courthouse halls at 7:00 AM. She always had a funny story to share with us. She was so proud of her children and what they were accomplishing with their lives. Very few people have impressed me with overcoming devastating circumstances of life the way she did. May God be with all of you and keep you.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.