Ella Katherine Harris

Ella Katherine Harris

December 13, 2004 - October 05, 2023
Chesterfield, Virginia

Ella Katherine Harris

December 13, 2004 - October 05, 2023
Chesterfield, Virginia


Ella Katherine Harris, 18, of Chesterfield, VA went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 5, 2023.  She was born on December 13, 2004 to Garry Walton and Andrea Ralston Harris. Ella is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather William A. Ralston. Family is one of the most cherished things in life. Our love for one another grounds us and gives us a foundation upon which we build our lives.  Our foundation lost one of its cornerstones on October 5, 2023. Our only daughter, sister, granddaughter, and niece, Ella Katherine Harris, left us before the rest of the world had a chance to discover the depth of her heart and talent. Ella loved and was most loved by her family and best friends, Kiran and Graham. Ella loved growing up swimming for the Stoney Glen swim team and Quest and played softball for CC Wells for years. She was quick to share her creativity in art, crafts, and baking with others. Ella was always experimenting, learning new things like making origami cranes by the hundreds. She would leave them everywhere for us to find. She made bracelets during her last month for her family and friends, the nurses, doctors, and the children at VCU Children’s Hospital. She taught herself to crochet and her mom is comforted by wrapping up in her favorite blanket that Ella made. She loved music. She played violin and bass guitar, loved live music and going to concerts with her mom and friends.  Ella aspired to own a bakery and her family enjoyed the fruits of her labor as she practiced at home. Ella was so strong; she didn’t complain about her condition, didn’t speak of fear, she remained optimistic, and worried more about her family than herself during her illness. Ella graduated from Thomas Dale High School and was to begin classes at VCU this year. She is survived by her beloved parents Garry and Andrea; brothers, Jake and Nicholas; grandparents Gary and Trudy Harris, grandmother Katherine Ralston; uncle David Ralston, great aunts Marion Burkey and Phyllis Williamson, and her cousins and pets. She especially loved her oncologist, Dr. India Sisler and her team, child-life specialist Katie; social worker Anna, and pharmacist Cady. Ella was exactly where she wanted to be during her final days at home with her family, pets, and the things that were most comforting to her such as the memories, sounds, and smells of home. She was one of a kind and had yet to make her full contribution to this world, which without doubt would have been meaningful and generous.  Ella will continue to live in our hearts and memories, until we are reunited. Ella and her mom’s dream was to combine both of their passions and open a non-profit bakery that employs people with special needs. Please consider making a donation to our future nonprofit to honor Ella. Plans are in progress to open a business that will include these dreams in Ella’s name. More information will be provided once the nonprofit is established. A life celebration will be held at a later date.

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5 responses to Ella Katherine Harris

  1. Andrea and family, Words cannot express how sorry and sad I was to hear of Ella’s way-too-early passing from this world. My heart absolutely breaks for you and your family. But reading all the wonderful and kind things she did in her too-short life makes me smile. What a strong and beautiful young woman she was and I know that you will all wrap yourselves in all those memories you have of her. And as a mother to an autistic teenager, the idea of a nonprofit bakery geared toward people with special needs does make my heart and soul soar. We need more amazing things like this in this world. May God bless you and comfort you and your family during this time.

  2. Oh Andrea. My heart hurts for you and your family. I can’t imagine what you are all feeling. There are no words to express my sorrow. Just know I am thinking of you and will keep you all in my prayers. I pray that you all find comfort and strength holding onto the memories of your sweet baby girl. God bless and keep all of you.

  3. We are so sorry for the loss of Ella. May she forever be wrapped in Jesus’s arms.

  4. Belle says:

    Dear Garry, Andrea, Jake, Nicholas, and Family,
    My deepest condolences on your most precious loss. Ella is a shining star that will always be present in all the lives she has touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I pray God grant you courage and comfort in the days ahead..

  5. KGBurley says:

    Her spirit will continue to shine in all who knew and loved her.

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