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Obituary for ADELLE HARRIS
Adelle Virginia Harris was born June 18, 1941 to Hattie Johnson and Edward Miller who preceded her in death. Adelle quietly qepru1ed this life on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
Adelle was raised by Hattie and Clarence Gross Sr., of Prince Frederick, MD. She received her education in Calvert County Maryland. For many years she was a domestic worker. She worked 18 years at Calvet1 Memorial Hospital as a Food Service Worker until her retirement in 1990. She was a hard worker and ensured her family was cared for.
Adelle married the love of her life Melvin Harris on November 12, 1960. Early in life she attended St. John's United Methodist Church. She became a member of Brooks United Methodist Church where she was a dedicated Usher. She was baptized at Solid Rock Church under the leadership of Elder Alton L. Tyler. She later returned to Brooks United Methodist Church and worshipped under the Leadership of Pastor Jason L. Robinson.
Adelle looked forward to Friday Family Night, playing bingo, eating and talking with everyone. She was known for her bread pudding, rice pudding and delicious carrot cake. She enjoyed making grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, pancakes and eggs for her grandchildren.
Adelle enjoyed gardening, sewing and ironing. She would say "There's a place for everything and everything has its place." She could fold bed sheets like no other (yes the fitted sheets too).
Adelle's favorite foods were hard crabs, pork chops, French fries, pigs feet and Trader's cream of crab soup. Her favorite sweets were butter finger, Peanut M&M's, peppermint patties, Pepsi and Orange Crush. Adelle was very welcoming and enjoyed entertaining company in her home. Today we are honoring her by wearing her favorite color purple.
Adelle leaves fond memories with her devoted husband Melvin Harris of 57 years. Together they raised seven children Terry (Yvette) Jerald, Melvalee, Valerie, Carl (Crystal), Cynthia and Jacqueline; grandchildren, Jermaine (Laticia), Brandon (Shawnte), Tyreece, Tremaine, Colin, Champan, Janae, Carl Jr., Terry Jr., Chanel, Jemice, Jamie Jr., Jerald Jr.; two spiritually adopted grandchildren, Cameron and Linessa and 15 great-grandchildren. One uncle Andrew Chin (Juanita); siblings Helen Wills (deceased), Mary White, Clarence Gross (Shelia), Thomas Gross Sr., Lottie Benyard (Robert), Regina Davis (Jonathan), Eunice Lawrence (Ernel), Violet Dooley (Clueth), Dorise Powell (Francis), Rudy Miller (Roberta), Roland Gross Sr., (Ellen), Earl Gross Sr., (Elaine), Alice Brooks (Tyrone), Cassandra Jones (Jeffrey); in-laws Etheline Morsell (Merle), Josephus Harris Sr., (Lillie), Herman Harris, Henry Harris Sr. (Doraine) Frances Harris (Kent), Celestine Harris, Diane Jordan (Elmer), her mother and father in-law who preceded her in death Josephus and Sadie Harris; sister in-law Helen Harris and brother in-law Page Harris both deceased; favorite cousins, Eilene Beverly (Irvin) and Ollie Williams (Claude) and a favorite niece Waukita Gross.
Adelle became mother to many who loss their own mothers; Vanessa and Lenwood Brown, Kaye Johnson, Judith Johnson, Edwina Johnson, Josephus Johnson, Leslie Johnson and Lawanda Gross. Adelle was blessed to have many special friends Mary Bourne, Thelma Johnson, Marie Parran, Carol Johnson (deceased), Florence Howard, Mazie Commodore, Regina Johnson, Beverly Brooks, Laverne Brooks and Velma Diggs Myers. Adelle was blessed to care for many children; Nikki, Dhimitri, Caroline, Raymond, Antoine, Melissa and Endia.