January 29, 1928 – December 20, 2020

Barbara Lorraine McKiel Harris died peacefully Dec. 20 surrounded by loved ones at the Laurel Parc Assisted living center. Due to the restrictions of Covid 19 a private Mass and interment was held.

Mrs. Harris was born Jan. 29, 1928, to George and Josephine McKiel in Clatskanie. Mrs. Harris’ father died unexpectedly when she was 2 years old. After that, she and her mother became an inseparable team. They moved to Portland and Mrs. Harris attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School, St. Mary’s High school, and graduated from Marylhurst College with a bachelor’s degree in education. While in high school she joined the St. Lawrence youth group and maintained lifelong friendships with the members.

After graduating college Mrs. Harris began teaching grade school while also playing the cello in the chamber orchestra of Portland and later in the Walla Walla orchestra. She met her husband, Lynn Edward Harris, on a blind date. After a long courtship they married and started their family, which included five daughters. She dedicated her life to being a great wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Mrs. Harris made sure to participate in all the extracurricular activities of her daughters. For many years she was their Girl Scout leader receiving awards for her years of leadership. She dedicated countless hours attending her daughters’ school activities, sports, cheerleading, school plays and many other events. She made sure the “Harris House” was always the house for all of her girls’ friends to gather and hang out at.

Mrs. Harris, a devout Catholic and proud to be of Lebanese decent, worked along with her husband and their dear friends to establish the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Parish in Southeast Portland. Mrs. Harris kept her love of music alive by being the organist of the parish for more than 12 years. Besides her love for music, Mrs. Harris loved to decorate and celebrate for every holiday. She loved flowers and spent years as a member of the Happy Valley garden club. She was also an active member of the Lebanon Ladies Charity Club and several other organizations and clubs throughout the years. Mrs. Harris and her husband loved to travel and were fortunate enough to visit many countries together as well as many states. Yet their greatest joy was escaping to their beach home in Rockaway. Here they spent treasured time with their grandchildren whom they adored. It was Barbara’s greatest joy to be a part of her grandchildren’s lives.

Mrs. Harris is survived by her five daughters and their families; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lynn Edward Harris.

Mrs. Harris felt blessed to have had a long and full life. We would like to thank the dedicated assisted living staff of Laurel Parc for their loving care and attention.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to her favorite charity, Our Giving Table a local non-profit that ensure that every child in foster care and less privileged homes in the Pacific Northwest has the nutrition they need. Donations may be made to Our Giving Table P.O. Box 86829, Portland, OR 97286 or online at ourgivingtable.com.

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