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Pauline Ronie Harris

Funeral for Pauline Ronie Harris, 63, Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 602 NW Arlington.

She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. 

Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under direction of Howard-Harris Funeral Services, 1005 SW C.

Pauline Ronie Harris was born Sept. 4, 1954, to Paul and Geraldine Taylor. She was raised by Lattimore and Geraldine Hill in Lawton, where she attended Lawton Public Schools. She attended Douglass and Bishop Elementary and Eisenhower Junior High, and she was a student of the first graduating class of MacArthur High School in 1972. She obtained an Associate Degree in early childhood education from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus.

At a young age, Ms. Harris gave her life to Christ at St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church, which was led by the Rev. Wm. A. Haynes. At age 12, Ms. Harris assisted her mother, Geraldine Hill, and Diane Woods with playing for Choir No. 3, the Starlight Band. She later played for Choir No. 2, the Youth, and subsequently became the minister of music for the church and served in the music ministry for over 30 years.

In 1973, she married Eugene Harris Sr., and to that union two sons  Eugene Harris Jr., and Michael D. Harris  were born. The family traveled to Bremerhaven, Germany, where she formed her first gospel music group. 

Ms. Harris was a hard, dedicated worker not only in the church but also in the community. As a teen, she worked as a short-order cook for Del's Restaurant and as a teacher for New Zion Daycare Center and the Marie Detty Headstart Program. She loved children, and they loved her back. 

Her last employer, Catholic Charities, provided her with great gratification for her service, and her joy was in helping others, and she continued to assist by referral even when she was no longer employed. Ms. Harris also played music for residents at Cedar Crest Nursing Home, and she encouraged them to sing along, which also brought her great joy. She was a secretary for the Ranch Oaks Home Association, and she had good rapport within the community, as well as with the Lawton Police Department officers, who attended the meetings.

Survivors who cherish her memory include her sons: Eugene Harris, of the home, and Michael (Lisa) Harris of Midwest City; her granddaughter, Courtney Perkins; her sisters: Lena R. Gills of Marietta, Ga., Linda K. Ward of the home, Veronica (Charles) Jones of Edmond and Mazola (George) Stevens of Brunswick, Ga.; her nieces: Twalia (Jody) Smith of Colorado, Colo., Hezekialena (John) Jones of Kennesaw, Ga., Sabrina (Mark) Bailey of Kennesaw, Ga., Paula (TeDarrell) Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., DeWatha Bell of Atlanta, Ga., Shauanna (Robert) Craft of Fort Riley, Kan., Renee (Dannie) Moore of Louisville, Ky., Tiffany Taylor of Richmond, Calif., Maresha Allen of Puyallup, Wash., and Michelle and Maya Stevens of Brunswick, Ga.; her nephews: Jeremy Shumaker of Bakersfield, Calif., James Earl Thomas of Atlanta, Ga., Jonathan Bell of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Blake Alexander of Memphis, Tenn., and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lattimore and Geraldine Hill; her siblings: Kenneth Thomas, James Earl Thomas, Katherine Thomas and G. Peggy Alexander; her nephews: Stephen M. Fludd and Edward A. Martin, Jr.; her niece, Rachel G. Ward; her great-nephew, Kaleb D. Nichols; her great-niece, Kayanna D. Nichols; and a plethora of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing will be from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Howard Harris Funeral Services Chapel, 1005 SW C.

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