Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington Esq.
1952 - 2018
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Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington, Esq.

Dr. Reba Marr-Harrington, Esq. passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Born on December 25, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio to Russell Joseph and Ruth E. Marr. Dr. Harrington strategically lived her life as a positive force to be reckoned with. Upon her graduation from University of Toledo, Dr. Harrington joined the United States Air Force. Her first tour of duty was Hellenikon Air Base in Athens, Greece. Her tours of duty have ranged from Squadron Section Commander for the 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB in California to Deputy Director of the largest Contracting Squadron in the Pacific, the18th Contracting Squadron in Okinawa, Japan. She was a graduate of the Air Force's prestigious Education with Industry (EWI) Program. While assigned to Boeing-Vertol in Philadelphia, she procured Chinook Helicopters and the V-22, Osprey, tilt rotor aircraft for the Air Force. Reba also served a tour of duty as a Chief in Contracting at the former DCSC (also known as Defense Constructing Supply Center Columbus). Her literal and figurative "coolest" assignment was at Calumet Air Station, a remote site 144 miles north of Marquette, Michigan. Reba has served permanent and temporary tours of duty throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Harrington retired as a Major from military service at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia in 1995. As an innovator she opened the Jazz M' Tazz Networking Eatery in Hampton, Virginia. After her services to her country, Attorney Harrington served as an Associate Counsel at the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center, Office of Counsel, located in Battle Creek, Michigan until her death. In addition to her Bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, Reba has an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in California and her Juris Doctorate from Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio. Attorney Harrington demonstrates an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She matriculated and earned a PhD in Business Philosophy from Northcentral University; and in 2009 she was selected for and attended the prestigious Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama as part of the Department of Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP). As part of the DLAMP program, she spent two weeks in West Africa. During her 10 month stay in Montgomery, Alabama she earned a second Master's degree in Strategic Studies.

Attorney Harrington loved the Arts and has three copyrighted plays. Her play "Same Same" ran for an entire year in Okinawa, Japan. She was a professor for University of Maryland in Okinawa, Japan, Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During her residency in Battle Creek, she served on numerous boards and committees. Over the years, she was known for her community service, entrepreneurship, and mentorship. The Battle Creek Communicator, Beat in the Creek, 303 West Networking Café and the Sister Summit that ran for 10 years are a few of her proudest community projects. Although she placed many of her activities on the back burner, Dr. Harrington still served as a trustee for Kellogg Community College and was a golden life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Harrington's mantra was: "Keep God first and you will never be last". She professed all that she was and ever will be she owed to God, a solid loving family and upbringing and wonderful friends and associates who she gives credit for buying into her visions and doing the day-to-day heavy lifting. God is good all the time and all the time – God is good!

As she begins her journey with the ancestors, she leaves behind two children, Remi Tai and Kyle Joseph, granddaughter, Tegan, beloved mother, Ruth, brothers, Ronald and Rodney Marr, sisters, Jackie (Roger) Webb of St. Louis, Missouri, Renicia and Robin Marr, and Roxanne (Raynard) of Elberon, Virginia, and a host of loving nephews, nieces, caring family, and wonderful friends.

Visitation for Dr. Harrington will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, in the C. Brown Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel, 1629 Nebraska Avenue. Funeral Services, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at The Calvary Baptist Church, 702 Collingswood Blvd. with Family Hour preceding at 12:00 p.m. The Reverend Floyd Smith, Pastor and Officiant.

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October 8, 2018
I first met DR. Reba over the phone talking about another friends mothers death and. She and I connected like we had been friends all of are life. You were really a real lady and love and will be missed comforting and prayers to your children and family god bless.
Regina Lane
October 7, 2018
Sincere condolences and prayers to the famil6 of Dr. Harrington. May God bless and comfort you.
Joyce Spicer
October 6, 2018
Seminar 10 - You made a Difference Reba!
Reba was a great lady and one of my fellow classmates at Air War College in Seminar 10 from 2009-2010. She was all about being helpful to her fellow humans and standing up for the causes she believed in. Thanks for her service to her country, state and local community. She will be sorely missed. Go Bucks Reb. Peace to your family, friends and loved ones.

Wade Rupper and Family
Wase Rupper
October 5, 2018
My condolences and prayers to the family of Reba! I am honored to have known and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with her. She is resting with our Heavenly Father and I will see her again.
Debra Hudson Thornton
October 5, 2018
Memories of Reba Marr Harrington
Thomas R. Mulconry

It was mid-morning on October 1, 2018, when I heard the news of Reba Marr-Harrington's passing. The notice was sent out by the Command Office to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) personnel working at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center (FDIFC), Battle Creek, MI, shotgun style via e-mail message. I knew Reba had been ill for some time and I had not spoken her for well over a year. I had known Reba since she came to work for DLA in Battle Creek, MI, in 1995. I liked her right away. Reba was an intelligent, down to earth person that was easy to talk to and had a genuine caring for others. I knew that Reba, like me, had served in the United States Air Force, and we would on occasion share Air Force war stories with each other regarding places we had been and some of the things we had done in the course of our military life.

Reba was an excellent writer and told me she had written several plays. Reba knew I had written several short stories and was actively engaged in improving my public speaking. Reba encouraged me to continue with my writing, as well as trying to get further outside my comfort zone when it came to speaking in front of an audience.

Despite her outgoingness Reba was a private person when it came to her family. Although in the distant past I met her daughter Remi Tai and Kyle Joseph on several occasions when they were at the HDIFC and heard Reba brag about her children's accomplishments, my knowledge of her family is limited. I did notice that when Reba's children were in her presence she had a slight glow about her that seemed to be from the pride she felt for her children. Yes, Reba loved her children and was a good mother to them. Be advised, if Reba thought her children were getting out of line, even as young adults, she would not hesitate for a second to reprimand either one of them if the situation warranted such attention, as she wanted to ensure they behaved in a proper manner.

For many years Reba was the primary Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) representative within the HDIFC, and through her knowledge, empathy and verbal skills, she facilitated the resolution of conflict between DLA personnel. Reba was a hard working woman. Reba cared about the tasks she was performing because she knew they were of importance not only to certain individuals, but at times to the country as a whole. Reba also had a good sense of humor and I will miss her hearty laugh.

In my mind Reba was always a dear and decent person who tried to help others as best as she could. Reba lived her faith not only by praying on a daily basis, but rolling up her sleeves if something needed to be done, and helping other in need if she was able to do so. Reba was a most excellent role model. Reba was a loving and good hearted person who often put others ahead of herself, and will be surly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Thomas R. Mulconry
Battle Creek, MI
October 5, 2018
I was blessed to have Reba as a friend and professional colleague. Reba brought credit to the US Air Force, the Department of Defense, Kellogg Community College and herself.

May God be Reba's children and family. Dr. Reba we all look forward to being with you someday.

Bob Secrist, BG US Army (Ret.)
Bob Secrist
October 5, 2018
Bob Secrist
October 5, 2018
Bob Secrist
October 4, 2018
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work with and know such an amazing woman. I was lucky to have never been an adversary of Reba because she was FIERCE, FEARLESS, AND UNAFRAID She was willing to speak up for justice and for a cause that she believed in. She was simply put, a PHENOMENAL WOMAN!

While she will be missed, she leaves with me to cherish and share with others the life lessons that she shared with me from her service in the Air Force, practice of law and struggle to promote the causes in which she deeply believed.

I will continue to keep you, her family in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare to funeralize your mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, special loved one not only today but in the countless days to come. May you find comfort in the precious memories you have of Reba during those quiet times, family events and milestones where her absence is felt most. I pray that God give you peace and bind the family tighter together as it grieves the loss of Reba.

Much love,
Eura Cherry
October 4, 2018
After a loved one passes, be encouraged by their passing and legacy. Instead of crying, live an inspired, spiritual and happy life like Reba did. Live each day with encouragement knowing that she is proud and smiling down on us from Heaven

Her advise and leadership will forever remain with me.

Thanks Reba!!

With love

Kevin Davis
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