Carolyn E. Harris, a retired systems analyst, choir member and longtime community volunteer, died July 27 of bone cancer. The Northwood resident was 52.
Born Carolyn Johnson in Phoenix, Baltimore County, she moved to the city with her family as a teen-ager and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1968.
She went on to work in the banking industry for 28 years as a systems analyst until illness forced her to leave her job at Bank of America.
An active community volunteer for more than two decades, Mrs. Harris served as treasurer of the Perring Loch Community Association for more than 10 years. At St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, she helped form a Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) team that focused on boosting voter registration in their Northeast Baltimore precinct.
She was an active member and communicant at St. Matthew's, where she worked on several committees, the Parish Council and sang in the choir.
Her husband of 32 years, Ernest Harris, said a fellow parishioner once told him that, on occasion, he would doze off during the service, only to be awakened by Mrs. Harris' voice.
"The way she sang, with that rustic voice, she touched his soul," Mr. Harris said, adding that his wife also sang around the house while she worked.
Mrs. Harris enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, decorating and entertaining. "She loved to bowl with her friends and family," Mr. Harris added.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Harris is survived by a son, Steven Harris of Baltimore; two sisters, Josie Johnson of Baltimore and Ellen Caldwell of Bel Air; a brother, Louis Johnson of Dundalk; and numerous nieces and nephews.