Alma Harris, 100, served with WAVES during WWII as lieutenant

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Alma Harris
Alma Harris

Alma Harris, of Wilmington, died Oct. 26, 2015, at the age of 100.

She was born to Samuel J. and Almeda Murrell McFadyen on Oct. 19, 1915, in Charleston, South Carolina. As a small child, she moved with her family to Savannah, Georgia where she graduated from high school. She later attended the University of Georgia in Athens and graduated in 1938. She then taught school in the Atlanta school system until the outbreak of WWII.

It was at this time that she was inducted into the U.S. Navy and served in the WAVES as a lieutenant (junior grade) in the Port Director’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida. At the end of the war, she attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She remained there teaching and retiring from the L.A. school system in 1976.

It was in 1991, that she moved to Wilmington and was active at the First Presbyterian Church, the AAUW, Azalea Anchors and the Thursday Morning Music Club. She attended UNCW as a senior student for a number of years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Harris.

Her survivors include one brother, Samuel J. McFadyen Jr. and a number of nieces and nephews. She leaves her valued cousins, Jim and Gela Hunter and a host of friends. Special friends include Svetta Long, of Wrightsville Beach, Mark Bowery (a former student), of Mendocino, California and Cmdr. Bill Paschall, Ret., of Wilmington.

She was a resident of Plantation Village and Davis Health Care Center. The family would like to offer a special thanks to those facilities for their great care, especially Dominique Bacchaus, Helen Sidbury and Sandra Slaughter.

Her remains will be placed in The Women’s Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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