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Marcia Harris

Marcia Harris, 100, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 12 December 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 11:00 AM .

Rabbi Daniel Syme officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

SHIVA Service via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Share memories of Marcia with family immediately following the service. Thursday, December 17 at 7pm the family will be available via zoom to share memories, no service on Thursday. Click here for the Zoom Shiva.

Marcia W. Harris loved deeply and was the beloved wife of the late William M. Harris, loving mother of Ilene H. Harris, Nancy R. Harris and Nancy’s partner Roger Shepherd, Pat Harris-Linton, and her “spare” daughter Elaine Pollack, plus Dennis and Peggy Frank. Marcia was the proud grandmother of Megan and Jonathan HLZacks, Whitney Harris-Linton and proudest great-grandmother of Gavriella HLZacks, devoted daughter of the late Bess and Benjamin Wilk and daughter-in-law of the late Charles and Fannie Harris, cherished sister to the late Joan Wilk Cherner, dear sister-in-law to the late Doreen Harris Gordon. She is also survived by her devoted and loving caregivers, Tamica Boyd, Linda Cox, Felisha Jones, Iolanda Pop, and Pat Bauman, plus her nephews Sanford Estroff, Todd Estroff, and Michael Gordon and his wife Beverly, and her niece Judy Estroff and her husband Richard Parad. Plus all of their children and grandchildren.

Marcia W. Harris was a progressive, independent, modern woman who appreciated that she was born the year that women won the right to vote, and that her life spanned from the era of the ringer washing machine to a man on the moon. She considered man’s greatest achievement of her 100 years was putting a man on the moon, and that soon men and women will be on Mars. .

Marcia cherish her 33 years with her loving husband Bill with whom she ran the UAW Elections for the Michigan auto industry. She continued this business and his Harris Distributing business after his death in 1976 until she was 82. Her greatest sadness was that “Bill died too soon!” Her greatest joy was her 2 granddaughters whom she called her “special dividends”! A lifelong goal was to live to be 100 years old and she exceeded that. .

Marcia was a life-long member of Temple Beth El where she was active in Sisterhood, on the scholarship committee which she enjoyed immensely due to having been a teacher, and was active for 35 years in the Current Topic discussion group. She was a very active member of the National Council of Jewish Women, and once was a delegate for the Council to the United Nations. She proudly donated annually to many progressive and religious charities.

Marcia was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the AE Phi sorority and received a BA in Education. Marcia taught school in New Orleans while her husband Bill was stationed there during WWII. She also tutored at Custer Elementary through the National Council of Jewish Women.

Throughout her life she LOVED to travel and started this passion as a young woman long before women traveled without escorts. She and her best friend Ruth Felmus became international world travelers after they were both widowed the same year and traveled to 67 countries.

Marcia will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many people all over the world.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Marcia Harris may do so by making a contribution to:

National Council of Jewish Women
Bess Fishman Wilk Scholarship Fund
26400 Lahser Road, Suite #306
Southfield, MI 48033
(248) 355-3300
Click to Visit Charity Website