Edna O. Tartt Harris celebrates her 102nd birthday. (Photo by Dr. A. Lois De Laine)

Both reception rooms in the Parkview Assisted Living Center in Maryland were packed with family members, church members, politicians, neighbors and residents of the Parkview Center to wish a happy birthday to Edna Odessa Tartt Harris who turned 102 years old on Sept. 7.

A world traveler, Harris was a school community representative in the Chicago Public Schools, a civil rights advocate, civic leader, election judge and conference speaker who retired to Guadalajara Mexico.

A member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Harris is a devoted mother to Roberta and Helen, and grandmother to Lawrence, Sterling, Michael and Elizabeth, and eight greatgrandchildren.

Legally blind, Harris, a gospel choir member for 40 years at Wayman A.M.E. Church, started to sing “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine,” and the entire room of friends and relatives joined in the singing. Son-in-law Dr. Grady and daughter Helen Dale were the hosts for the party.