INDIANOLA MARIE HARRIS
INDIANOLA MARIE HARRIS DOB - 8/2/30 - DOD -7/30/15 Indianola (India/Tutu Indie) Marie Harris 84, passed away peacefully on July 30 surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. she married Clarence Harris, an aerospace engineer, in 1951. Together they raised and educated six children. India returned to complete her college degree in German language studies at West Chester State Teacher's College (currently West Chester University)in Pennsylvania in the early '60s and went on to teach high school German and English for 23 years. During this time she organized travel to Germany with her students to enrich their experience with German culture, as well as the language. She also taught German at the university level for two years. In 1981 India was awarded one of two Fulbright Scholarships that she would receive during her career as a teacher. This scholarship supported her in studying contemporary German government and lifestyles in both Munich and Berlin. India traveled extensively throughout Europe and upon retirement she and Clarence traveled throughout the South Pacific and to countries within West Africa. India's deep love for Hawai'i began in the late '60s through visits with long time family friends and eventually through visits with her children who studied at and graduated from UH-Manoa. Throughout the '80s until her death, India's love for the Aina and especially for the transformative work of the Kanaka Ma'oli, deepened. This was influenced by her work as a Docent at the Iolani Palace (2000-2013), and through the many relationships developed through the deeply spiritual/cultural film work of her youngest son Michael Harris. India appreciated every moment of her life as vibrant and full of possibilities. She had an open spacious heart and never met a stranger. This legacy of generosity and grace she leaves for her six children Rosalind, Gary, Barbara, Mark, Bruce and Michael, her ten grandchildren, ten great- grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, cousins, friends and cherished pets. A memorial mass for India will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m., at Saints Peter and Paul Church - 800 Kaheka St. Honolulu. The family extends an invitation for all to attend and to gather after, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for a celebration of India's life and a repast at Chef Chai (restaurant) 1009 Kapi'olani Blvd. For extra parking please use the Blaisdell lot. Mahalo nui to all family and friends for your love and support. In lieu of flowers please send donations to either the American Cancer Society - by phone: 800-227-2345; by mail ACS - P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to PBS Hawai'i at 2350 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822.
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