The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for a Grant County student attending Wheaton College.
“In honor of Ray, Ramie, and Shey… your lives so beautifully lived… your hearts so deeply loved.” –Inscription on the Harris family memorial wristbands
Ramie Harris, along with her father and sister, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
Ramie was a student at Wheaton College and was planning to go into psychology or the medical field. She played soccer at Marion High School and was active in intramural sports at her college.
Ramie had a few close friends and was passionate about God. She loved to read and study.
“She consumed her life with studying,” Sherry Harris, her mother said. “She knew so much about God.”
“Ramie had such a sweet, caring heart and a gentle spirit,” Ramie’s high school friend Erin McGaughey said. “She was wholly invested in people in the exact way Christ calls us to love. She was an amazing example of a servant leader and showing Christ’s love to others.”
Ramie fervently studied the Bible and left behind many insightful notes. Sherry said that now she often reads through her daughter’s notes for Bible time and marvels at what Ramie wrote.
“She wrote things like ‘God will never give me more than I can bear,’” Sherry Harris said in amazement while sifting through one of Ramie’s notebooks.
Ramie was very honest, reserved, had a high maturity level, and was always challenging people.
“She asked tons of questions; she questioned everything,” Harris said.
Sherry Harris said she learned a lot from Ramie and her sister.
“Sometimes they would say things that were more mature than I was thinking,” Harris said.
“Ramie worked so hard at everything she did,” McGaughey said. “She was committed to making herself better and to influence those around her to do the same.”
After receiving many donations in Ramie’s memory, Sherry decided that Ramie would have wanted to do something for the cause of kids. She created the Ramie Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation to benefit a Grant County student attending Wheaton College.
In October 2012, Wheaton College dedicated their homecoming 5K to Ramie calling it “Ramie’s Run.” One of Ramie’s closest friends ran a marathon in November of 2012 to help raise money for the scholarship fund. A second 5k to remember Ramie will be held in Marion during November 2013 which will benefit the YMCA and the Boys and Girls club. Harris was passionate about running, being active, and living a healthy lifestyle. These races combine Ramie’s passion for a healthy lifestyle and her desire to encourage and help others.
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