In lieu of flowers, Rep. Andy Harris and his family are asking for donations to a Baltimore, Md., pregnancy center in memory of Sylvia ‘Cookie’ Harris.
The Maryland Republican's wife, who unexpectedly died Thursday, was a dedicated anti-abortion advocate and a board member of the Pregnancy Center North, where she regularly volunteered. The 57-year-old mother of five and grandmother to two also served as director of special events for Maryland Right to Life.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, offered thoughts and prayers to the Harris family via Twitter on Friday, calling Cookie Harris "a devoted mother & powerful voice for the unborn."
Harris' office announced plans for a visitation on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. with a vigil beginning at 7 p.m. at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson, Maryland. A funeral mass will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.