Obituary of Ethel A. Harris
Ethel Ann Marie Turner Harris was born January 20, 1917, to the late Herbert and Patty Harris. She departed this life to be with the Lord on March 3, 2010, at Absecon Manor after a lengthy illness.
Ethel was raised in a nurturing Christian environment in Henderson, North Carolina where she attended Episcopal schools. In the earlyt 1940's, Ethel moved to Atlantic City and became a member of St. Augustine Episcopal Church. She remained active with St. Martha's Guild and served on several committees until she became ill.
Ethel was employed for many years at the Elks Bar as a barmaid. She was always a humanitarian, and she worked in a Greek restaurant giving soup to those low in funds. She also was a monitor with the Atlantic City Public Schools at Brighton Avenue School.
Ethel grew up without her mother, who passed away when she was a young teenager. No stranger to work, she was a waitress and barmaid and gave generously to her customers on holidays and special occasions all the while striving to keep her family together. Her only daughter Pattie "was the love of her life," she never missed a performance or recital. She sent Pattie to dance classes locally, which eventually included a summer session at the American School of Ballet in New York City.
Ethel was a board member of the Pattie Harris Atlantic City Dance Theatre, formerly DanceCraft and a member of the New Jersey Shore Arts Association, Inc. She was a constant volunteer and supporter for all Atlantic City Dance Theatre and New Jersey Shore Arts endeavors. Ethel was a faithful member of the New York Avenue Apartments Tenants Association.
Ethel loved clothes and will long be remembered as a "Fashion Plate", color coordinated from head -to-toe; hat to spiked heel shoes! Ethel loved the Boardwalk and enjoyed browsing and shopping in the stores of "yester year". As she frequently walked the Avenue, the merchants grew to know her and constantly gave her gifts. A very friendly and outspoken person, she was loved by all who knew her.
Ethel was predeceased by her mother and father, Patty and Herbert Harris; two brothers, William A. Harris and Morris Harris; and one sister, Jessie Lassiter.
She leaves to cherish fond memories: her beloved daughter, Pattie Harris Young; son-in-law, David Young; nephews, Morris Harris, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Troy Harris of Union City, Georgia, Ivan Osmond and Darryl Lassiter of New York; two nieces, Angela Lassiter of New York and Ethlyn Lassiter of Raleigh, North Carolina; stepsons, Jerry Allen and wife, Gerri of Coatsville, Pennsylvania, Naqub Sharif of Philadelphia, and a host of other relatives and close friends.