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Saturday, August 30, 2014

With Deepest Sympathy

Sylvia "Cookie" Harris

August 29, 2014
I'm sure you've already heard the sad news.  Yesterday, Cookie Harris, Congressman Andy Harris' wife, passed away suddenly.  

Cookie was a godly woman, devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother. Her joy was truly found in serving God and her family. All of us who knew her will immediately think of Cookie's gregarious laugh and beautiful smile, as well as her kind and compassionate heart.  
A passionate voice for the pro-life community, Cookie has long been a volunteer for pregnancy centers in the Baltimore area and served on the Board for the North Baltimore Pregnancy Center.  She was also very active with Maryland Right to Life.  Cookie had "a passion for defending the life of unborn babies and helping moms who are in a crisis or unplanned pregnancy!" (Cookie's FB quote) Cookie Harris touched the lives of so many women and children in our community.  She dedicated countless hours counseling women and getting resources for them.  She will be truly missed.
There was no greater joy for Cookie than her children, their spouses and her two grandchildren. Cookie was an exceptional mom and a loving and supportive wife. Andy and Cookie are blessed to have such a wonderful family.  Andy is the first to tell you that Cookie is the reason he has been able to serve as a public official. His successful rise to congress would not have been possible without a loving, supportive, and hard working partner at home.  Cookie Harris was a wonderful lady.  Cookie was 56 and died of natural causes.  
Please join me in praying for Cookie's family and friends as they grieve and get through this very difficult time.    I pray that God will grant them peace and grace during this sad and terrible time.  
Philippians 4:6 & 7 - The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Viewing and Funeral Arrangements
A funeral mass will be celebrated for Cookie Harris, wife of Congressman Andy Harris, on Monday, September 1 beginning at 11am at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Private interment to follow.  Visitation will occur Sunday, August 31 from 1pm until 8pm with a vigil beginning at 7pm at Ruck Funeral Home, 
1050 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.

The family prefers in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in the memory of Cookie Harris to the Pregnancy Center North, 6805 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 where she was a regular volunteer and board member. 
Sympathy cards and notes may be sent to:

Andy Harris and family
PO Box 604
Bel Air, MD 21014
With Deepest Sympathy,
Delegate Kathy Szeliga

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