Mabel E. Harris, a retired guidance counselor, died on Thursday, May 30, 2019. She was 76.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1942, in Philadelphia to the late Leverne and Inez Jenkins Lloyd.
She was one of three children. Her formative years were filled with fun times at family activities, including many outings and dinners with extended family members.
Affectionately called “Teena,” she attended Philadelphia public schools and graduated in 1960 from West Philadelphia High School, where she served as class president. She graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree and earned her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Temple University.
She worked for a short time as a case worker before taking a teaching position with the Philadelphia Get Set Program. Later she served as a school guidance counselor for the school districts of Norristown and Upper Dublin, from which she retired.
Harris pledged the Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1961 while completing her studies at Fisk. She received the distinction of “Golden Soror” in 2011 after 50 years of service and commitment to the AKA sorority.
She married Leslie T. Harris on Nov. 13, 1965, and two sons were born to their union. She loved children and thoroughly enjoyed her role of guidance counselor and mother. She enjoyed participating in children’s activities sponsored by the Jack and Jill Organization, as well as taking her sons riding and skiing.
She and her husband of 54 years were active members of the African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, where their children served as acolytes. Harris was a member of the Acolytes’ Sponsors Guild.
“All who were lucky enough to know Teena or be a part of her life, knew what a giving heart she had,” her family said in a tribute.
“She knew no bounds when it came to caring for members of her family, as well as others whom she felt needed her. She was a beautiful, kind, sensitive and loving human being.”
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Richard and Pete.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her sons, Scott (Claudeen) and Todd; grandsons, Scott Jr. and Marquise; sister-in-law, Rosa Lloyd; brother-in-law, David Harris; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held June 6 at African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave. An inurnment was held in Geraldine B. Wood Columbarium.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.