Mary Windsor "Molly" Harris, a Calvert School second-grader who enjoyed ballet and spending time at the beach, died of pneumonia Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The 8-year-old Ruxton resident developed breathing problems after contracting what appeared to be a cold, her family said.
Born in Denver, Molly was an infant when her family moved to Ruxton in 1999.
"I've known Molly since kindergarten. She was an amazing child with a huge heart. Her contagious smile could brighten the gloomiest of days. I was glad that I had her in my life," said Gillian M. Lucas, a Calvert School teacher. "Everyone here at school is in shock."
Molly liked baking chocolate chip cookies and helping prepare meals with her parents, Laura P. and Edward B. Harris III, and her 6-year-old sister, Isabel S. Harris.
She had been studying ballet since she was 3 and liked visiting Bethany Beach, Del., with her grandparents. She went surf fishing there with her father.
She played tennis, golf and went swimming at the Elkridge Club.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.
Also surviving are her maternal grandmother, Lois Pilachowski of Catonsville; her paternal grandparents, Edward B. Harris Jr. of Lutherville and Sarah Lindsay Harris of Ruxton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.