Katie M. Harris was born in Cedar Grove, North Carolina on September 27,
1940 to Howard Chambers and Lula Chambers. Katie had 3 brothers and 5 sisters, so their
was much excitement around her birth as the first girl entered the Chambers family. She in-
herited a legacy of faith, responsibility and character as she was taught many things about
cooking, canning and cleaning as a young girl.
Raised in a Christian home, Katie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at
an early age. She began her walk with God at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Semora, North
Carolina, where she was very active in the ministry. She was educated in the Orange County
School System, and she graduated from Central High School in Hillsborough, North Caroli-
na. After graduation, Katie moved to Jersey City, New Jersey in the early 1960’s. She met
and married the love of her life, the late Samuel Harris and they were happily blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter, Mac-
Arthur, Samuel Howard and Samantha. An exceptional wife, mother and homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and preparing
meals for her family and guests.
Katie began her young professional career at Willowbrook, later renamed Staten Island Developmental Disability Service
Office in Staten Island, New York. She worked as aDevelopmental Disability Services Supervisor for 33 years.Thestaff
and clients affectionately referred to her as Chambers. She also served as a commissioner on the Jersey City Board of
Commissioners for the Jersey City Housing Authority.
After retiring, Katie reentered the marketplace as a school bus driver for 20 years with McGough Bus Company in
Turnersville, New Jersey. She loved working with the children and she was still actively employed at the time of her
After living in the city for many years, Katie and her husband Sam, moved in 1996 to Williamstown, New Jersey. She be-
came an active member of St Matthews Baptist Church in Williamstown, under the leadership of her pastor, Dr. Raymond
Gordon, Sr. Katie served as a member of the Kitchen & Hospitality ministry. She also participated in the weekly Senior
Katie was always interested in learning more of her family tree, so she was especially proud of the research she conduct-
ed with her late husband, Sam, unraveling the genealogical history of the Chambers family. She lovingly embarked on a
journey of thousands of miles to research the family history. It was her joy to reveal what she and Sam found at the
Chambers Family reunion.
This journey called life came to an end on Monday, June 29 at 4:30 AM. Katie will be reuniting at the heavenly gates with
her parents, siblings Jesse, Isaac, Aldean, Patricia Ann, Ophelia, and beloved husband, Samuel Harris.
Cherishing her memories are her proud son, MacArthur Harris and his wife, Cheryl of Corona, New York; caring son,
Samuel H. Harris and wife, Desiree of Jamesburg, New Jersey; devoted daughter, Samantha Harris of Far Rockaway,
New York; Sisters ,Carol Faye, Rose Mary & Gwendolyn; Adoring grandchildren Sammara, Christian (Shaniece Harris),
Nasheem (Jeri Grantham), Ryan, Deondra , Naja , Amari, Ari, Brandon , Breanna, Jasmine , & Miguel; Great Grandchil-
dren, Nisaiah, Imani, Max and Saria; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cornelius and Judith Harris, Birmingham, Alabama;
her best friend, Colleen Deccio; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends, her Pastor and Church
family of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Williamstown.
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