Jacqueline Theresa Harris

Jacqueline Theresa Harris age 86, resident of Sagemont, passed away January 17, 2017 in Houston, TX.  Ms. Harris was born on February 5, 1930 in Lytle, TX to George and Lorene Tondre. Ms. Harris is preceded in death by her parents. Brother Roger Tondre and sister Colleen Tondre. She leaves behind to cherish her memory; Sisters Sharon Collier and Corliss Gardner and her husband Tom. She is also survived by daughters: Debbie Whatley, her husband Woodrow, Rhonda Peters, her husband Rodney and Kathleen Harper and sons: Frank Harris, his wife Debra, Robert Harris, Richard Harris, Jack Harris, his wife Elizabeth, Thomas Harris, his wife Sheryl, Chris Harris, wife Stephanie and Michael Harris, wife Cheryl, 28 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

With 10 children and no husband, or job Ms. Harris went back to school and earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of Houston. She then applied that degree to teaching. She worked for Pasadena ISD for over 20 years as a fifth-grade teacher and also for St. Pius V Catholic School for 12 years as a first-grade teacher. Jacqueline was an excellent teacher who worked tirelessly for her students. Her students often spoke of her as someone that made a difference in their lives. She had a passion to instill a desire to succeed in her students. She applied the same work ethic to her children and life. She worked diligently to teach her children the value of persistence and striving for self-sufficiency. She did not ask others to meet her responsibilities and taught her children those same values.

Ms. Harris was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church for many years. She later joined Sagemont Church and remained a member until her death.

Her greatest love was reading, and she used this love to learn God’s Word. She spent countless hours studying the Word of God and applying this knowledge to her life. Her love of God inspired many of her children to give their hearts to Jesus which brought her great joy.

Jacqueline remembered fondly the time she spent as a child on the family farm. She loved climbing the huge Mesquite trees and swimming in the Medina river that bordered the farm. She also loved spending time with her sisters and brother. She had many friends who loved her dearly. She will be greatly missed but now is with her closest friend, Jesus.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 5-8 pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland. Funeral service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Sagemont Church, 113323 Hughes Rd., followed by a burial at Forest Lawn.


  1. As one of Jacqueline’s many grandchildren I would just like to express how much of a wonderful Grandmother she was and will always be. I loved her very much and have fond memories of spending time with her and always feeling her unconditional love. She will always be my hero. I love you Grandma and I find great comfort in you being my guardian angel.

    Annie Harris
  2. My Mother was the most loving generous woman you could ever meet. She always said that God helped her raise her 10 kids as a single woman due to the father leaving before the last child was born. I will miss you Mother so much you have always. Even here for your children and grand even great grand children. You are part of heaven as we knew and saw that every day! I know God has welcomed you with open arms as you have been an amazing woman!
    Love is your way of life!

  3. I was very sorry to hear of the death of Jackie. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace, presence and healing be with all of you.

    Jackie was a great lady and I loved her very much. We enjoyed many lunches together.

    I always enjoyed hearing Jackie’s stories about all of her dear children. She was particularly appreciative of Cathy. I heard so many interesting and funny stories about Jack, Frank, Tommy, Bobby and all of you.

    She was a great teacher at saint Pius V Catholic school and she kept me on track in regard to my spiritual life and helped me with questions I had about scripture.

    Just remember Jackie loved all her children and always sang their praises!

    Barbara Nesser

    Barbara Nesser
  4. Jacqueline Harris was a wonderful lady in every sense of the word. I have met her at a few family functions and always found it a joy tot talk to her. At age 86 she was as beautiful as ever. I thought she was precious.
    My condolences go out to all her children and (great) grandchildren. She will be missed.

    Irene Engels

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