Marilyn Mae Smith Harris, 82, ascended into the arms of Jesus on July 27, 2018 surrounded by her family at her home in Kilgore. Memorial services to be held at Eastview Baptist Church in Kilgore on Thursday, August 2 at 10 a.m. with Tony Nowak, Scott O'Rear and James Henderson officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Eric Dickerson, Dennison Harris, Jeremy Sellars, Billy Edwards, Bryan Sellars, Collin Harris and Jacob Flores.
Marilyn was born May 14, 1936 in McPherson, Kan., to Maude Mae Robinson and James Lee Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jimmy Smith, Bill Smith, Max Smith, Bud Smith, and a sister, Dorothy Olive.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dennis “D.R.” Harris, Sr. of Kilgore; children, Dennis Harris, Jr. and wife Patti of Longview, Cheryl Edwards of Hallsville, Diane Johnson of Kilgore, Jim Harris of Kilgore, and Holly Woodmansee and husband Michael of Kilgore. Grandchildren include Dennison Harris, Llaura Dame, Kimberly Kingston, Shelly Campbell, Billy Edwards, Eric Dickerson, Jeremy Sellars, Bryan Sellars, Rebekah Johnson, Collin Harris, Jacob Flores, Carly Martinez and Jill Gulsby. She was also blessed with 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was passionate about genealogy. She was an avid collector of porcelain dolls and Norman Rockwell figurines. She loved to paint and crochet and was proud she had finished an afghan for every grandchild. One of her joys was singing and playing piano for her church. She was a member of the gospel quartet “The East Viewers” for many years. She also taught Junior High and High School girls in Sunday School whom she kept in contact throughout the years. She had a great love for the Jewish community. Her foundation of faith was rock solid until the end, it never wavered. She knew without a doubt she was going “Home” and could hardly contain her excitement about seeing the loved ones who have gone before her. Sharing the gospel to everyone she encountered, especially during her last days, was extremely important to her. Even facing death, she gave the glory to God.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her “other” family at DaVita in Kilgore and Heart to Heart Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate and ifcj.org (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.)