March 16, 1943 - August 22, 2020
Marsha Harris, retired teacher and accomplished golfer, died August 22 in Westerville, Ohio, after losing her battle against lung cancer which she so bravely fought for over four years. Marsha was born in Rochester, NY, and was preceded in death by her parents, Jacques (1983) and Ruth (2008) Levinson, as well as her younger sister, Susan Noble (2017). She is survived by her husband, Stephen Harris; her loving daughter (Lisa) and son-in-law (Brian) and faithful son (Andy) and daughter-in-law (Lora), and their children, Alyssa (age 21), Anna (age 18) and Drew (age 16); as well as her older sister (Linda Criss, of Key Biscayne, FL) and brother-in-law Allen. She left behind many dear, loyal friends who loved her tremendously, and many former colleagues from her impressive 35 year career as a teacher in the Upper Arlington public school system in the Columbus area. She also influenced the lives of countless young people and families throughout her years of teaching. Not only was Marsha a beloved teacher and fantastic golfer, but she was also a skilled ice skater, tennis player, swimmer and pianist. As an adolescent, she earned a scholarship to study piano at the Eastman School of Music, which she did through junior high and high school. She earned an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Rochester, and a Masters degree from The Ohio State University. The most important thing to know about Marsha is that she loved her grandchildren more than anything in the world. She was very proud of how each one of them has grown into a wonderful young adult: Alyssa with her love of science and literature; Anna with her fierce independence and compassion for others; and Drew with his perseverance and athletic abilities. One of the things she loved to do with the kids the most was taking them to her favorite ice cream shop, Graeter’s, where they would indulge in Graeter’s famous black-raspberry chip ice cream. She enjoyed cooking meals for her family, often spending the better part of a typical Sunday afternoon preparing food to bring over to her son’s house for a nice family meal, as well as having the children visit when she and Stephen lived in the Florida Keys. Marsha was also very proud of her daughter, a successful business executive in Information Technology and former collegiate gymnast, and her son, a successful Information Technology sales leader and devoted husband. She and Stephen also enjoyed traveling to visit her daughter in Nashville, making the six-hour drive from Columbus many times to spend quality time together with family and to enjoy all the things that Nashville has to offer. After she retired from teaching and Stephen sold his accounting practice, they enjoyed their retirement together, spending ample time in the Keys. Members of New Albany Country Club, they were fixtures on the golf course and in the club house and made many more wonderful friends. Marsha was known by all of the staff in the golf pro shop and the workout facility, where she spent hours every day working out, until her cancer became too much and forced her to stop performing those activities she loved so dearly. Upon being diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2016, Marsha didn’t wallow in self-pity; instead, she was inspired and became involved in many cancer-related causes, volunteering at The Ohio State University’s James Comprehensive Cancer Center, and donating to and raising money for The Lungevity Foundation and Breath of Hope. Marsha was fortunate to have been treated by one of the world’s foremost experts and researchers of Thoracic cancer, Dr. David Carbone. Dr. Carbone and his team provided expert care and treatment as well as fantastic support to Marsha and her entire family throughout her fight against lung cancer. She and her family will be forever grateful for their additional time together that the research of Dr. Carbone and team afforded them. Those who knew her may honor the memory of Marsha via an online (Zoom) memorial at 2pm ET on Friday, 8/28. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marsha’s name to directly fund Dr. Carbone’s research through The Blue Beautiful Skies Fund for Lung Cancer Research (Fund Number: 314981) at giveto.osu.edu or by mail to: The James Cancer Hospital, Blue Beautiful Skies Fund for Lung Cancer Research (314981), PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218.
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