Chandra Evette Harris, known as “Cha Cha”, passed away, on Monday, June 17, 2019, with her loving family by her side in Merrillville, IN. She was born to Reginald Sr. and Sheila Foster (Perry) on April 3, 1977, in Gary Indiana. She attended Roosevelt High School in Gary, IN. She continued her education at Kaplan College in Merrillville, IN, graduating in 2005 with an associate’s degree in business. She also obtained her Child Development Associate (CDA) certification for Early Childhood Education in June 2018. Cha Cha has worked in food service, higher education, nursing home, and most recently as a teacher at a day care center.
Cha Cha welcomed everyone with a warm smile and did not know any strangers. She was a people person at the core due to her outgoing, bubbly, and inviting personality. She was such an affectionate, loving, and giving person. Her first love was God, then family whom she loved fiercely. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for anyone within her power.
She met her loving husband Shantuan “Shawn” Harris in April 2010. Their relationship quickly blossomed into a loving bond built upon friendship and their faith in God. They were married on December 28, 2010. They strived to live the life of God, continuously growing in God daily. They raised their children to always trust and believe God through the good times and the challenging times. They were each other’s support system both spiritually as well as naturally and sought God’s guidance in every aspect of their life which is what kept them going.
Cha Cha had a water baptism in Jesus name, was filled with the holy ghost and let the holy ghost reign. She loved music, was passionate about singing, and spending time with her adoring family. She was an active member of Logan Park Assembly of Christ. She also belonged to several auxiliaries including the Bishop Choir, the Junior Choir, and Vacation Bible School (VBS). She loved to sing God’s praises all the time. Her commitment, devotion, and faith in God was evident as she fought her illness. She never lost her faith and her final declaration to her family was it is well with my soul.
Cha Cha is survived by her parents; her husband, Shawn; four children, RHyann, Sydney, Laila, and Grayson; her siblings, Reginald Foster, Jr. and wife Willette, Sararita Vanderbilt, Mia Bailey and husband Gerald Jr., Eddie Foster, Tameka Meeks and husband Brandon Sr., and Brady Foster, Sr. and wife Stephanie; nine nieces and nine nephews, two great nieces, aunts and uncles and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother John “Johnnie” Foster and sister Sara Air Vanderbilt.