Mabel Ophelia Keemer Harris, 69, a retired court reporter at D.C. Superior Court, died of a respiratory ailment Sunday at Capitol Hill Hospital.
She was the wife of the Rev. Dr. Stanford J. Harris, minister of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Washington.
Mrs. Harris was born in Washington. She later lived with her family in Knightstown, Ind., and Nashville, Tenn. She was a graduate of Indiana University and earned a master's degree from Fisk University in Nashville, where she became an instructor.
After her marriage to Dr. Harris in 1942, she returned with him to Washington. From 1950 to 1956, they lived to Roanoke, Va. They then came back to Washington.
Mrs. Harris became a shorthand reporter for the D.C. Parole Board. Later she was one of the early black court reporters to work in D.C. Superior Court. She retired in 1974.
She was active in the Interdenominational Council of Ministers' Wives and Widows, the United Methodist Women, the American Association of Retired Persons and the National, Maryland and Virginia shorthand reporters associations.
In addition to her husband, of the home in Washington, she is survived by two daughters, Charmaine Dixon and Glenna Lewis, both of Washington; a sister, Jane Cotton, of Montclair, N.J., and a brother, Dr. Edgar B. Keemer Jr., of Detroit, Mich.