Carol Ann Harris
Carol Ann Harris, 81, of Halfway, died Feb. 27, 2018.
Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Pastor Shawn Thatcher will officiate.
Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1936, at Fresno, California. She called the Mariposa area home in her youth, then her family later moved to Lovelock, Nevada where she graduated from high school.
Carol met her beloved Hank Harris in 1956. They wed on Aug. 25, 1957, at Lovelock. Throughout their 59 blessed years together, they raised their four children, Hugh, Joann, Mary and Kathy in Pine Valley.
They moved to Halfway in 1960 and began a lifelong passion of working the land they deeply loved by farming, milking cows, and raising beef and horses. They taught their children the value of hard work first and then gave them the freedom to play, explore, and develop into the people God meant them to be.
Her children survived and thrived on her prayers and she taught them to love Jesus and to see his work in the aurora borealis, stars, wildlife, the roar of boulders down Pine Creek in spring and birds soaring on the wing.
Sunrises and sunsets were meant for praise and thanks to God. She had a reverence for life, love, family and God that was planted in her children.
Carol had many gifts and talents. She was an accomplished seamstress, artist, cook, and crafter.
She loved antiques and all things western and her home contained an inviting mixture that was cozy and comfortable. She learned to garden to feed her family. Her pantry was filled with beautiful canned fruits and vegetables. She also learned to drive farm equipment, milk, haul silage, move cows and do whatever it took to support Hank. If that wasn’t enough to do, she also worked outside the home as a substitute teacher for many years.
She took her kids to 4-H and ran them to rodeos and many school activities. In the early 1970s at 52, she started a career as a real estate agent. She became a broker and developed her own business, Halfway Realty, that she ran for 20 years.
The Pine Eagle Clinic was very important to her and she volunteered for 17 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist church.
Carol will be remembered by her family and many friends as a very loving, kind, generous woman. She didn’t know a stranger and people were drawn to her from many walks of life, young and old.
She loved you unconditionally, was always there to listen and her love put many people back on track, even if she said nothing and just heard you out, family members said. She was deeply devoted to her entire family and was dedicated to getting the clan together.
She loved cooking tons of delicious food and always sent you out the door with something to take home. The joy of her heart was giving.
Carol had many friends who she loved and enjoyed, and who supported her. There are too many to list, they know who they are.
“The family values you and is very grateful for your love and caring,” family members said.
Survivors include her children, Hugh and his family, Cortni, Brad, Amy and Eric. Joann (Dusty) and her family, Ashli, Kaylei Jo, Trace, Carol (Jake) and Tanalee. Mary (Brent) and her family, Bobby Jo (Dan), Emory; Mitchell (Skye), Dotti and little Hank. Kathy (Wade) and her family, Chris (Megan), Emberlynn, and Adelaide; Chelsea, Jackson and Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews she treasured. She had family that her heart adopted and loved as well.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Hank; mom, Antoinette; her sister, Gene; brothers, Wayne and Don; and many other family members and valued friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway-Oxbow Ambulance and Fire Department or the Hillary Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Carol, go to www.colestributecenter.com