Obituary of Gloria Harris
Gloria Anita Stewart born to Willie Alfonso and Juanita Davis Stewart on September 11,
1939 was the second oldest of 10 siblings. As a result, she earned to be independent,
and giving of herself in order to be helpful to her mother.
Gloria met and married Horace E. Harris in 1956. To this union were born three
daughters: Evangeline M. Brisbane (Florida), Marjorie A. Harris (Florida) and Alondra
R.D. Brown (Terrell) New York.
Gloria moved to Southampton, New York in 1965 where she worked many different jobs
developing a multitude of skills along the way. She retired from Southampton Hospital
as a Ward clerk/EKG Technician after 20 years of service.
Gloria lived a very active life and she enjoyed life to the fullest. Her love for traveling
has led her to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten and St. Thomas just to
name a few. When she wasn't traveling, her time was spent faithfully volunteering at
the local food pantry every Wednesday. A staple in the community, she also lent her
services each year for the annual Thanksgiving feast for the Bridgehampton School, as
well as, serving on the Board of Directors at the Bridgehampton Child Care Center for
many years where her children and grandchildren also attended.
As Gloria's social life grew, so did her interest. She joined the local bowling league and
remained an avid member of several bowling teams for over 40 years. Gloria's other
interest included sewing, reading and watching her favorite sports such as basketball
and tennis. She was committed to being a lifelong learner and would take advantage of
any opportunity to increase her wisdom and knowledge.
During Gloria's journey through life, she gave her life to Christ and joined the First
Baptist Church of Bridgehampton where she remained steadfast until her untimely
passing. Those who knew Gloria would know that God always came first, her family
second and her church family was third.
Gloria praised the Lord with her whole heart and was not ashamed to share the Gospel
with anyone who crossed her path. Gloria's love and passion for her church was
evident. Gloria's 'help' ministry was unwavering in her church as she served faithfully
and tirelessly in the following capacities: Church clerk (over 40 years), Women's
ministry, Missionary Department, Intercessory prayer, Culinary Department and as
Senior Choir President lending her strong alto voice as a faithful presence on the choir.
Gloria also attended the Gospel Music Workshop of America for many years and sand
with the Harvest Gospel Choir as recent as last month.
Gloria leaves to celebrate her life: three daughters, one son-in- law and seven
granddaughters: Taneesha, Tyra(Van); Shauna, Shanona (Margie); Larissa, Aprili, Leslie
(Dessie). 14 great-grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart: Elijah, Adonis,
Jordan (Larissa); Sincere, Seven, Sanai (Aprili); Destin, Ahanu, Milan (Leslie); Nehemiah,
Mikayla, Michael (Tyra); Malachi, Micahi (Shauna); 3 sisters: Erlene Kemp (Bahamas),
Loretta Stewart (Florida), Carolyn Graham Loray (Florrida), Paul Stewart (Florida) and a
host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a very special niece Carolyn Elliot.