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Feryl E. Moorhouse Harris
1941 - 2015
We have lost a most caring, thoughtful, dedicated and very positive Christian lady” shares Larry Boggess, Mountain View Conference president. “Feryl’s inspirational, think outside-of-the-box attitude will be missed by those who knew her. We, in Mountain View, were looking forward to her and Mahlon’s return to their home in Pennsboro, West Virginia. We will now look forward, with Mahlon, her husband and our dear friend, to that resurrection morning when we will be reunited with co laborers, love ones and friends.”
Feryl Harris was a Bible instructor, singer, poet, and composer who served the Mountain View Conference in West Virginia as Director of Sabbath School, Children's and Women's Ministries, and Trust Services Department for many years. She last resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was Director of Children's Ministries and Trust Services in that conference.
A native of Massachusetts, Feryl married Mahlon F. Harris, who is from Vermont and is a radiologic X-ray technologist who studied at the New England Sanitarium and Loma Linda University. She attended La Sierra College, now University, and West Virginia University in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
She was a talented musician and was the youngest student at the New England Music Conservatory as a child. Her love of music and her willingness to sing for Christ took many forms and took her many places. In the early 1970’s she and her husband accepted a mission call to Taiwan where she was also the vocalist for the South China Island Union Mission Voice of Prophecy – learning to sing all songs in the Mandarin Chinese language. She was asked to sing before thousands for Billy Graham’s evangelistic series in Taipei.
Retired MVC president, Randall Murphy recalls that “she had a wonderful singing voice and added to musical programs at camp meeting and other functions. She, along with Kingsley Whitsett, Bunny Abbot, and I were sent to help celebrate the opening of the new church in Vladimir, Russia–a church built largely by funds collected at Mtn. View camp meeting.”
Most of her music was written for children's ministries needs. She wrote the theme song for the Adventist Children's Ministries Association, for a Vacation Bible School program produced by Review & Herald Publishing, and the song for the Multi-Generational Children's Church resource. Harris contributed to 99 New Songs, a songbook edited by Evelyn Pursley Kopitzke that was released in 2003.
Both Feryl and Mahlon worked locally at the Doddridge County and Pennsboro Medical Centers when these offices first opened in the late 1970’s. Feryl was also very active in various roles and church offices at the Toll Gate church and gave of her time to minister to the students and staff at Miracle Meadows School in Salem, West Virginia.
Feryl died as a result of an auto accident, June 15, 2015 in Riverside, California where she and Mahlon were visiting family. Feryl and Mahlon had recently retired and were in the process of moving back to the US Mainland. Feryl held membership at the Toll Gate Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pennsboro, West Virginia.
Feryl is survived by her husband of 55 years, Mahlon Harris, daughters Liesl Clark and Sherylin Jackson, 5 grandchildren, sister, Audray Johnson, and 3 brothers, Walter, John and Kenneth Moorhouse.
“We were all looking forward to the day [the Harris’s] would move back from Hawaii and settle again here in West Virginia and the Mountain View Conference,” says Murphy. “Now we must wait [for the resurrection morning].”
Feryl and some of the women attending the 2007 women's retreat, surround the Women of Spirit quilt. The Women of Spirit project involved MVC members/friends giving donations in honor or memory of a special woman in their life. In turn, these donations provided resources to women in prison. This quilt was "unveiled" during the retreat and now hangs at the MVC office but is displayed each year at the women's retreat.
Feryl with guest speaker, Judi Rogers.
ds/2012; updated vsm/2015
Sources: Far Eastern Outlook, April 1975, 3; Columbia Union Visitor, 15 May 1994, 50; 99 New Songs, biography (2003); Hawaii Conference website, 2012; Other online sources.
Reflections on Feryl Harris by Randy Murphy, retired MVC president
When Marty and I moved to Mountain View Conference in 1989 we were honored to get acquainted with Mahlon and Feryl Harris. They were pillars in the Toll Gate Seventh-day Adventist Church. I found them not only friendly but very talented and they were also former missionaries.
As time went by, Feryl was asked to assume various responsibilities on the Mtn. View Conference staff. These did not all come about at the same time but over a period of time. She became leader of the Sabbath School Department, Children’s Ministries Department, Women’s Ministries and, after agreeing to go for the proper training, she became Director of Wills and Trusts. She worked hard at all her tasks and the work grew under her leadership. At the same time she had been assigned other duties and tasks at the Toll Gate church and Miracle Meadows School in Salem, West Virginia.
She had a wonderful singing voice and added to musical programs at camp meeting and other functions. She, Kingsley Whitsett, Bunny Abbot, and I were sent to help celebrate the opening of the new church in Vladimir, Russia. A church built largely by funds collected at Mtn. View camp meeting. Her talents were greatly appreciated wherever we went. We visited several churches and the new seminary there.
Marty and I were stunned and greatly saddened when we heard the news of her untimely death. We were all looking forward to the day they would move back from Hawaii and settle again here in West Virginia and the Mountain View Conference. Now we must wait to see her on the Sea of Glass among the redeemed.
(Mountain View Conference was saddened by the news that Feryl Harris passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at Riverside, California as the result of an auto accident. Our sincere sympathies to Feryl's family and her many friends. Jesus come soon!)
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