Sadonna Louise Harris (San) entered this world on July 12, 1961, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to parents Rena and Robert Finch. Sadonna was the second oldest of four children, with siblings Larry, Robert Jr., Michael, and Patricia LaShaun Finch.
Sadonna grew up attending Gethsemane Baptist Church with her family at the age of 15 years old, she was baptized and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her favorite part of church service was Praise and Worship, she really enjoyed singing.
Sadonna attended Gilcrease Middle School and later McLain High school, graduating in the class of 1979. While attending McLain, she was a member of the Majorette Marching Band. She participated in other extracurricular activities, such as tutoring elementary children during the summer, this is where her dream and passion of becoming a school teacher begin to flourish.
At the age of 12 years old, Sadonna met the love of her life Timothy Bernard Harris. They married in 1980. To this union seven children were born: Timmetha, Sanita, Timothy Jr., Donna and Donald (twins), and their baby girl, Kewonna Louise.
For most of her life Sadonna was a stay at home mom. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her heart as well as her door was always open to everyone and words could never express the love and passion she had for nurturing and taking care of others. As long as she was helping someone, whether in pain or not, she was happy and content.
Besides Sadonna’s smile that would light up a room and her bubbly outgoing personality, her passion for cooking and nourishing others was a spotlight of her life. Even on her death bed she looked up and stated, “Have everybody get their plate.” Everyone looked forward to her special dishes at all the family picnics and gatherings.
Believing that food was the door to your soul, San loved to cook. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church were she was an avid member of the Kitchen Ministry. She loved giving back to her community by cooking for the church as well as going to the Tulsa Day Center to feed the homeless with her grandkids. She enjoyed going there with her home cooked soul food and sharing her testimony about how she beat stage 3 colon cancer. Even after getting sick and weighing only 80+ pounds, she still found a way to get to the shelter and cook whenever her heart told her she was needed. Sometimes in the summer, she would hit the road armed with sack lunches she had prepared for children that lived in low income apartments. She would pull up, pass them out, and tell the kids how much Jesus loved them. No matter what life threw at her, she always made a way for everyone, all you had to do was ask.
Not only did she have a huge heart that can never be matched, she had one of the biggest personalities. I mean Big, Bold, and Beautiful. A party was not a party without San. She loved singing, dancing, cooking, and being around family and friends. In any atmosphere, her presence was always felt and she would always end up being the center of attention, no matter the occasion or place.
Sadonna was preceded in death by her twins, Donna and Donald Harris; father, Robert C Finch; brother, Larry D. Finch and sister, Patricia Finch.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory and continue her legacy, her mother, Rena Finch; her husband, Timothy Harris, three daughters and one son, along with her 14 grandchildren 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation for Mrs. Harris will be held on Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home, 2103 E. 3rd St., Tulsa, OK 74104.
Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 4, 1:00 p.m., at New Hope Community Church, 835 E. 46th St. N.