Madge Martha Elizabeth Mangle- Harris was born January 24, 1954 in Charleston, Mississippi to the late Otis and Flora Mangle.
She was immersed in a Christian community and confessed a hope in Christ at the age of 12 years at Silent Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend R.L. Butler. She worked faithfully during her early years as an usher. She was later pastored by Reverend Charlie Jackson. Madge's church family and Christian upbringing would give her Lifelong support to accomplish her earthly mission.
Education was very important in the family's life, she graduated from Clarksdale High School in 1972. Her choice for continuing education was predestined because of family ties to Mississippi Valley State University since Professor Joe Hayes, her uncle, taught Chemistry at the University. There she pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. She was committed to service with her Zeta sisters through community service actions.
She began working at Coahoma Opportunities Incorporated in 1992 and devoted her life to her work as the Disability Specialist. It suited her servant heart. She built the principles of her work on “Do what's right and do what's good; Be kind and help others.” Many children, their parents as well as her coworkers benefitted from Madge's wisdom through her commitment to her life' s work.
Each day Madge presented with an infectious smile that would brighten anyone's day. She had a generous heart of gold, never hesitating to help anyone. She was known for her friendliness, never hesitated to let people know she loved them. She also shared her love with food such as fresh picked greens or beans just to bring a smile. .,.
Madge was blessed with a large and loving family. She raised her son Synica Boyce Itasker (Shaunta) Mangle with love, patience, humility and discipline. Her 6 beautiful grandchildren, Syniya, Michal, Jeremiah, Noah, Zion and Malachi were the most important part or her life. On May 29, 1981 she married Howard L. Harris. She is survived by her siblings, Mozetta Williams, Flora (Terry) Williams, Judy (Charles) Hooper, Charlie Mangle, Warren (Sherrie) Mangle, George (Gyra) Mangle. Predecessor: Eldest brother, Bailey "Bill" Benford preceded her in death, sister in law Melinda Mangle. Nieces: Maudean (Dale) Jones, Carlyn (Brandon) Garth, Keira (Dennis) Hawkins, Chrystal (Chris) Zinn, Flora, Sharon, Linda Benford, Amanda (Adrian) Allen, Maggie (Derrick) Johnson, Galeesa Mangle. Nephews: Mack (Raquel) Williams, Terrance Taylor, Warren Taylor, Jakeotis Mangle, Marcus (Kimberly) Williams, Chelson Mangle, George Crockett, Gregory Mangle, Roschelle Mangle, Chelcy Gilley. Her great nieces and nephews were very dear to her heart. She is survived by a host of cousins and immeasurable very special friends.
Our community sadly lost a pillar on Friday, May 6, 2022 when Madge Harris departed this earthly life.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met.
Share your remembrance on Friday, May 13, 2022 during Visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Saturday May 14, 2022 for Graveside Services Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Clarksdale, Mississippi at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of donations please contribute to The Clarksdale Care Station.
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