Shey Harris danced because it was her gift from God.
“She choreographed to impact an audience deeply,” Chelsea Ludwig recalled. “She was bold and passionate about bringing song and dance back to ministry.”
Ludwig shared her fondest memories of her close friend and neighbor during a memorial service for Harris on Thursday at Anderson University.
Harris, an AU dance business major, was one of four killed in a small-plane crash on the morning of Nov. 26 in northeastern Illinois. [Photo on left: The memorial service for Shey Harris held Thursday at AU featured Shey's favorite thing, dance. Here an ensemble performs a untitled dance during the service.]
The crash also claimed the lives of her father, Marion businessman Ray Harris, who was the pilot; her younger sister, Wheaton College student Ramie Harris; and family friend Chris Backus, a student at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and resident of Eau Claire, Wis.
Thursday’s memorial service was filled with music and dance, two things that AU and friends said were very important to Harris.
“Like Shey’s life, this service was planned to have flow,” said campus pastor Todd Faulkner. “I want to read Psalm 150, the call to dance. Shey’s life continued to be an expression of praise.”
Jordan Moody fondly remembered the first time he met Harris.
“I remember being intimidated by her radiant beauty,” he said. “Then she laughed at my jokes and I knew she was a special girl.”
With tears in his eyes and a choked voice, Moody said that Harris’ main goal after college was to use dance as a ministry to others.
“I speak for everyone when I say there’s a spot in the studio and one in our hearts for Shey that will always remain,” he said.
—April Abernathy is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Photo credit: John P. Cleary. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.