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Andy and Sylvia "Cookie" Harris (Photo: Andy Harris' Office) Andy and Sylvia "Cookie" Harris (Photo: Andy Harris' Office)
Andy and Sylvia "Cookie" Harris on their honeymoon in 1980 (Photo: Andy Harris' Office) Andy and Sylvia "Cookie" Harris on their honeymoon in 1980 (Photo: Andy Harris' Office)
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BALTIMORE, Md.(AP/WBOC)- The wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris passed away unexpectedly Thursday.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Andy Harris, said that Sylvia "Cookie" Harris died Thursday after being taken to a hospital. She did not have any other details immediately and says they are waiting for the autopsy to determine the cause of death. She did say, however, "The family is thankful for the thoughts and prayers that so many have offered already and appreciates privacy at this time."
According to Andy Harris' biography on his congressional web page, he and Sylvia Harris had been married for more than 30 years. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Alma Colburn of Cambridge said she has known Cookie Harris and her husband for nearly two decades.

"They always wanted to sit together because she said that Andy was always out doing things, when they were together, they wanted to sit together.  So they were still, after 30 years, just a very loving, caring, very nice couple," Colburn said.

Dave Parker is the Chairman of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee and met Cookie and Andy Harris on numerous occasions throughout the years and said she was the one who make the Harris family so strong.

"Andy has to maintain a practice in medicine, and he has to work on elections, and he has to go to Washington D.C..  He's away a lot.  Who holds the family together?  Cookie," Parker said.

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman released this statement Thursday night, "It is with deep sadness and regret that The Maryland Republican Party has been informed of the passing of Mrs. Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, wife of Congressman Andy Harris (Md-01). Mrs. Harris, a mother of five and grandmother of two, was a devout Catholic and strong advocate of the Maryland Right to Life organization. We are shocked and saddened by the news, Cookie was a truly wonderful person and the MDGOP's thoughts, prayers and support go out to her family."

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, also released this statement Thursday night, ""Words cannot adequately express how heartbroken Yumi and I are to learn of Cookie Harris's sudden and tragic death.  Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Andy and his children Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica and Danny."

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown both released statements offering their condolences.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Congressman Andy Harris on the tragic loss of his wife, Sylvia 'Cookie' Harris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harris family," O'Malley said.

"I want to offer my deep and heartfelt condolences to Congressman Harris and his entire family on the tragic passing of Sylvia 'Cookie' Harris. The thoughts and prayers of my family, and of all Marylanders, are with the Harris family at this difficult time," said Brown.

Harris is a physician who represents Maryland's 1st District, which includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore County. He is the state's lone Republican congressman. He also served in the Senate of the Maryland General Assembly.

A funeral mass will be celebrated for Cookie Harris, wife of Congressman Andy Harris, on Monday, September 1, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.  Archbishop Lori will celebrate the mass.  Private interment to follow.  Visitation will occur Sunday, August 31, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a vigil beginning at 7 p.m. at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.

The family prefers, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in the memory of Cookie Harris to Pregnancy Center North, 6805 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, where she was a regular volunteer and board member.






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