Mary Alice Harris, 79, died September 22, 2018, of natural causes, in her home in Buford, GA, with the comfort of family at her side. Her family will have a small, closed, celebration of her life in her hometown of Bonifay, FL, where she will be laid to rest with her mother and father.
Mary was born November 6, 1938 to Ernest Griffin and Juanita Griffin, in Bonifay Florida, moving to GA in the early 90s to be near her children. Mary’s legacy was her family. She raised 4 children, had 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Though she was not one to admit it, you could see that she took pride in raising her family and helping to raise the grandchildren. When the children were grown, Mary went on to take care of the cats and animals in her community, making sure they were fed and loved. She didn’t ask for much in return for her help because she liked to pretend she wasn’t helping anyone, but she did ask for chocolate. We liked to say that Mary loved her family and chocolate, but mostly chocolate. The whole family knew that you didn’t come to visit Mary without chocolate in hand.
Her family paid this tribute to her, ‘Mary was a special person, with a feisty personality and a big heart. She took care of everyone and everything she could, until we took care of her. She will be sorely missed.’
She is survived by Martha Pitts (sister), Sue Bryan (sister), Ernest Griffin Jr (brother), Valerie Kirves (daughter), Michael Harris (son), Timothy Harris (son), Patrick Harris (son), Shanta Kirves (granddaughter), Larissa Benson (granddaughter), Christin Harris (granddaughter), Ashlynn Harris (granddaughter), Brandon Harris (granddaughter), David Harris (grandson), Joshua Harris (grandson) Ashley Phillips (granddaughter), Aleena Harris (granddaughter) Charlotte Benson (great granddaughter), Jack Benson (great grandson), Grayson Benson (great grandson), Dylan Kirves (great grandson), Bailey Caserto (great granddaughter), Yaretzy Santiago (great granddaughter), Logan Miller (great grandson) Abby Phillips (great granddaughter), Trevor Phillips (great grandson), Gabriel Smith (great grandson), Christopher Smith (great grandson), Johnny Lewis (great grandson).
The Family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to one of the following: