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Mary Harber

Lifelong Canon City resident Ida Mary Harber passed away in a local nursing facility on March 3, 2014 at the age of 85. She was born to Alva and Jennie Clark on June 7, 1928, and graduated from Canon City High School in 1946. On July 31, 1949, she married Robert W. (Bob) Harber while he was attending Colorado State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. After his graduation in 1951, they established the Harber-Shiner Veterinary Hospital on Greydene Ave. Mary was actively involved in the practice until they sold it in 1972. Needing a new adventure, she then opened and managed two local beauty salons, Be-Luv-Le and Mane Tamer, for the next several years. Mary belonged to the United Presbyterian Church her entire life, serving as deacon for multiple terms and organizing the kitchen crew for a variety of church functions. In 1972, she and several civic-minded friends started the local Meals on Wheels program. Participating on the Board of Directors, as well as assuming the role of Day Chairman, gave her great satisfaction until failing health began limiting her activities. Her servant's heart was also evident in her volunteer work as a Pink Lady for St. Thomas More Hospital, her affiliation with Fremont County Cattlewomen (Cowbells), and her membership in PEO, Chapter DK, for nearly 60 years. In addition, she generously contributed time and money to many local organizations, including the Fremont County Humane Society, where her husband was general manager following his retirement from veterinary practice. Despite such a busy community life, Mary enjoyed traveling with her husband before his death in 1993. She was proud of and devoted to her daughters, Kay Harber Stricklan (Lynn), and Shiela Rae Harber, as well as her grandchildren, Raina Seabaugh (Jeff), Connor Stricklan (Kate), and Allison Stout. She cherished her role as "G.G." to great grandchildren, Tysen and Mackenzie Seabaugh, and Cressida Stricklan. Many beloved nieces and nephews also fondly remember the family gatherings their Aunt Mary hosted over the years. Mary is preceded in death by her husband Bob, her three brothers William, Donald, and Walter (Johnnie) Clark, as well as her infant son David Harber, infant granddaughter Cara Stout, and infant great grandson Jacob Seabaugh. Arrangements are being handled by Wilson Funeral Home, 1449 S. 9th St., Canon City, CO 81212. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory are welcome and appreciated. They can be mailed to Wilson Funeral Home and designated to any of the following organizations: United Presbyterian Church of Canon City, Meals on Wheels of Fremont County, or Fremont County Humane Society. A celebration of life, acknowledging the indelible mark Mary left on the hearts of her many friends and family members, will be held at the United Presbyterian Church at a later date. Condolences to the family may be submitted online at www.wilsonfuneral home.org.

Funeral Home

Wilson Funeral Home
1449 South 9th Street Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 275-3372

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Mar. 5, 2014
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