Equilla Ann Harris
May 3rd, 1953 – March 23rd, 2013
Equilla Ann Harris was born on May 31st, 1953 to Ella Mae Curtis-Morris and Lonnie McClardy in Calhoun, Georgia. As a girl Equilla was very active in sports and especially enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball. She graduated from Calhoun High School and attended university at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia.
At the age of twenty-two Equilla moved to join her sisters in San Diego, California. In San Diego she met and married Jeffrey L. Harris Sr., and began to grow their family. As a lifelong Christian and strong matriarch Equilla was committed to raising her four children Brandon, Bimala, Jeffrey Jr., and Elisabeth and ensuring their success. She was characterized by her altruistic nature and generous deeds; constantly lending a helping hand to family, friends and those in need. Innately wise and contemplative, Mrs. Harris was always the person her loved ones went to for sound advice. Her children’s friends came to her for counsel and were always appreciative of Mrs. Harris’ encouragement. She shared her home, heart, and Jesus with those who surrounded her.
Equilla worked for the State of California for over 30 years. She excelled at numerous positions as she climbed the career ladder. Throughout her career she constantly strived for self-improvement. After successfully raising her kids, she continued her education at San Diego State University where she earned her MBA in Public Administration. In Equilla’s mind, all was attainable with hard work, dedication, focus and the grace of the Lord, a belief she exemplified and shared with her children.
As the center of her family’s structure and hearts, Equilla thrived on communication. She loved entertaining year round and had superb culinary skills, always showing her exceptional Southern hospitality. Her home was lively with the joyful voices of her children and grandchildren. Equilla also enjoyed decorating her home where she surrounded herself with unique and authentic African sculptures and art that displayed her rich and proud African American heritage. A good book was always near. Her favorite topics were the Bible, African-American Literature, politics and novels related to the African diaspora. As a philanthropist at heart, she regularly donated to orphanages, charities in the Black and Hispanic communities.
On Saturday, March 23rd with her devoted ex-husband Jeffrey L. Harris Sr. and daughter Bimala, Equilla A. Harris peacefully entered into eternal rest. She leaves to cherish and relish fond memories her Mother, Ella Mae Curtis-Morris, her loving ex-husband and lifelong friend Jeffrey L. Harris, her sisters Mary H. Coleman, Arletha Phillips, Juila A. Morris and brothers, Nathaniel Morris and Jesse McClardy, her children Brandon, Bimala, Jeffrey Jr. and Elisabeth who will continue to reflect her love, her wonderful grandchildren Brandon Jr., O’shiyon, Ny’ojele, Za’nylah, Zakariya, and Jahzaia, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces who all love her dearly.