Leatha Louise Harris, age 70, was born in Gary, Indiana to Leonard and Ruby Bassett, departed this life Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Leatha was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School (Gary, IN). She attended Knoxville College (Knoxville, TN) for undergraduate studies in education, and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) where she received her master's degree in early childhood education. She was a proud alum of both. Leatha was a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc - and yes, red and white was always on display. She loved her students and worked tirelessly to provide them the best learning experience possible. She was the ultimate teacher. Leatha loved music and passed that love on to all she taught. She is still adored by many of her previous students. A faithful member of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, she shared the gift of her voice in the church choir and was a beloved Sunday School teacher. Leatha fought a courageous battle in her final years on this earth. Her legacy will be one of giving, love, and happiness. She shared all she had with those in need. She simply loved selflessly and changed lives. Everyone who crossed her path would come away saying, "What a loving soul!" Now heaven has welcomed this beautiful soul back home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Ruby Bassett; brother-in-law, Virgil Redd and nephew, Prim Rogers. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Brandon Harris; her three siblings, Leonard (Marsha) Bassett, Jr. of Florrisant, MO, Dennis (Mary) Bassett of Rochester, NY and Odette Red of Chesterfield, MI; nieces, Shana (Brad) Sleep, Christina (Alyssa) Ketelson-Redd, Dawn (Marcus) Reese, Rhonda Rogers; nephews, LaShun (Tammy) Bassett, Vasco Bassett, Brad (Daniela) Elliott and a hose of relatives and special friends. A Service of Celebration will be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, 513 Henry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at 11 am with visitation from 9am - 11am.
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