Margaret Ruth (Perren) Harris, a lifelong resident of Montclair, died on Feb. 25, 2021. She was 76.

Mrs. Harris was born in 1944 and attended Montclair public schools. She graduated from Montclair High School in 1962.

She joined the Montclair Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses as a teenager and was an active, dedicated member throughout her life. She met her husband of more than 30 years, Calvin Harris, through the congregation. They were married on Aug. 22, 1970. Her husband died in 2001.




Mrs. Harris was a licensed notary and also was trained in tax preparation. Her business, Harris Secretarial, was located on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair for several years during the 1980s. After selling the business she continued to work in tax preparation and other office-management roles on a freelance basis.

She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Beth Welsh. She was predeceased by her sister, Coral Agnes Davis, and brothers Thomas Ira, Paul Dennis and William Norton Perren.

A virtual memorial service will be held via Zoom on Saturday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m.

Arrangements were by Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.