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Jossie R. Harris liked to cook for other people.

"She liked to feed you -- she liked you to eat," said Pat Cohen, a niece. "She always made sure there was macaroni and cheese. She said it was no dinner if you didn't have macaroni and cheese."

Mrs. Harris -- known as "Miss Jossie" to family and friends -- died Thursday (July 17, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness. She was 80.

The former Jossie Rebecca Tate was born and attended school in Savannah, Ga.

She moved to Buffalo in the 1950s, when her husband, Isaac, found work at Republic Steel Corp.

Mrs. Harris was employed by Deco restaurants here, retiring in 1957.

She was a longtime member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Her husband died in 1963.

Survivors include two sons, Joe F. Tate and Robert L. Harris; two daughters, Sallie J. Daniel and Mary E. Phillips; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Joyce Evans.

A service was held today in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Forest Lawn. (brady)

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