Services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 11:30 am at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11:00 am until time of service.
Betty Jean Harris departed this life on February 6, 2020. She was born at St. Thomas Hospital on March 12, 1957, to the late Lue James and Argustavia Travis in Akron, OH. She was the seventh of 13 children. She was affectionately known as “BJ,” and “Betty Jean” and she loved anything associated with the cartoon character “Betty Boop.”She attended Akron Public Schools and graduated from South High School. After she graduated, she joined the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. She was employed at the University of Akron for many years in housekeeping until she retired.
She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. In 1999, Betty met Donald Miller, who became the love of her life. They spent most of their time together, experienced many great adventures and went on numerous vacations. The union lasted 20 plus years and he supported her fully throughout her illness. He was with her until the end, and the family is very thankful and will always recognize him as a “brother-in-law.” She never met a stranger, and everyone who met her loved her. She was a beautiful sister, stepmother, and friend. She was very outgoing, loved to dance, sing, play cards, and entertain her peers. Her great smile will always be remembered by her siblings. We will also remember the telephone calls, arguments, and making-up, being a co-worker, a best friend, and fishing buddy.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, David Travis, Willie Travis; sisters, Dorothy and Isabella Travis.
She leaves many loved ones to cherish her memory, significant other, Donald Miller; stepchildren, Willie Harris (deceased), Maretta Hamilton, and Jeanetta Harris; siblings, Gloria Beasley, Johnny Ray Travis, Linda Saunders (Marvon), Ernest Travis (Renea), Yvonne Tyson (John), Geraldine Travis, Cynthia Travis, James Boyer, Barbara Watts, and Lola Wilson; aunts, uncles, and host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.