Bernice Patton Harris
1926 - 2020
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was born March 1, 1926 to Edward and Dora Tyson Patton in Knoxville, Alabama and passed away April 21, 2020 in St. Peters, MO. Her parents and all of her siblings preceded her in death. Bernice accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at Mount Pleasant CME church in Knoxville. She was educated in the Green county school district in Knoxville, Alabama. In 1954 Bernice moved to Chicago, Illinois and was employed for 30 years in the Food Service Department at the Art Institute of Chicago where she was promoted to Director of Waiters, Tables, and Booking. While working there Bernice met many well- known people. Marshall Field, founder of Marshall Field's Department Stores, and another person President Barack Obama. On August 19, 1961 Bernice was united in holy matrimony to the late Thomas L Harris. They were married for 49 years. After they retired, they moved to Gary, Indiana and she became a member of First Baptist Church of Gary. Bernice was a faithful and active member at First Baptist where she willingly served in the Helps Ministry (food pantry) along with her husband Tom and fellow members. She also served as a volunteer companion at the local Hospital. Aunt Bernie leaves to fondly cherish her memory two sisters-in-law Betty Harris of Mansfield, OH and Lillie (Milton) Ward of Gary, Indiana; one brother-in-law Rev. Lawrence (Rev. Shirley) Harris of Seattle, Washington and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Wednesday April 29, 2020 from 9-11a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00a.m. all services at First Baptist Church 626 W, 21st Avenue. Interment Fern Oaks Cemetery.



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Published in Post-Tribune on Apr. 26, 2020.
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First Baptist Church
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April 29, 2020
Bernice and Thomas were wonderful members of First Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Miriam Missionary Ministry. My husband loved giving her a hug and joking with Thomas. They made him feel like a son since he did not grownup in Gary but Mississippi. She will be missed like her husband. We know he is rejoicing now that his lovely wife is with him in heaven. A special thank you to family that looked after her when she moved from Gary. God be with her family as she receives her reward in heaven.
The Anderson's
Louis, Deborah and Aleksa
Louis & Deborah Anderaon
April 29, 2020
Sarah
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April 29, 2020
If you knew our Auntie Bernice you knew she was a beautiful and wonderful woman .She had a heart of gold . And She was also blessed and highly favored. She lived s long time God gave her 94 years of life . I know there is a chosen few that will make it to heaven. I believe our Auntie Bernice Harris will be in that number. RIP Auntie Bernice my love for you will never end. Your niece Bernice Smith.
April 29, 2020
If you knew our Auntie Bernice you knew she was a beautiful and wonderful woman .She had a heart of gold . And She was also blessed and highly favored. She lived s long time God gave her 94 years of life . I know there is a chosen few that will make it to heaven. I believe our Auntie Bernice Harris will be in that number. RIP Auntie Bernice my love for you will never end. Your niece Bernice Smith.
Bernice Smith
April 29, 2020
My fondest mermory was during my childhood aunt Bernie and uncle Tom would come to Alabama on vacation every Oct.I couldn't wait to see what she was bringing me.They were always thinking of others
mom and dad to all of us. Thank you for being a blessing to us (our angel).I can hear you saying don't worry about me I'm with Jesus,mom and dad ,my siblings and my Tom.Love Forever Karenina
Karenina Archibald
April 28, 2020
Aunt Bernice truly loved her many nieces and nephews. But, as much as she loved us, I believed we loved her more. At the Pattons 2019 Thanksgiving Family Gathering in St. Peters, MO, Aunt Bernie (as she was often affectionately called) was in true form. When I asked if she remembered me, she looked at me, sort of rocked her head and said, unequivocally and emphatically , Yes, l know you! I dared not ask her what was my nameshe was the familys matriarchand if she said she knew me, I had the wherewithal to leave it at that! We will truly miss our Aunt Berniceespecially those of us who spent time with her in Gary after our beloved Uncle Tom made his transition in 2011. Willie James, Carolyn, Tyson, and I had her to ourselves for two to three weeks at a time. We managed to enjoy iteven though she occasionally threatened to do us bodily harmperchance we tried to correct her memory-wise. She loved her visits with Benny and Sarah in Alabama in summer and with my family and me in Michigan. She especially loved her nephew, Tyson, Jr and his family! We thank God for her love and legacy!♥
Maxine (Niece) Shawver
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From Nephew Willie James and family.
April 27, 2020
Prayers and condolences going out to the Harris family on the loss of Mrs Harris. She and her late husband and my frat brother Mr Harris were members of my church @ First Baptist. She will be dearly missed as she was a very nice person to know
Ryan Rogers
April 26, 2020
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