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Barbara Goehausen Harrison

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Barbara Goehausen Harrison Obituary
Aug. 23, 1931 - Sept. 4, 2012

Barbara was born in Webster Groves, Missouri to Walter and Famie Goehausen in 1931. She was the youngest of five children and loved her brothers and sister, Walter, Myles, June and Don, very much. As a child, she loved to draw and paint, and she studied art at Washington University, where she graduated in 1952. While in college, she met Jack Harrison, a Yale student, who had returned home to St. Louis for the holidays. After Jack finished graduate school in 1954, the two were married and celebrated with a reception in the back yard of Barb's parent's home in Webster Groves. Barb's mother Famie, who was a terrific cook and baker, made their wedding cake. Barb taught art in school while Jack completed his military service. Eventually, the couple settled in Wilmington, Delaware where they had the first two of their four boys, Mark and Stew. The family lived in New Orleans for several years, where Barb enjoyed celebrating Mardi Gras with friends. They returned to Wilmington and completed their family with the arrival of their third and fourth sons, Steve and James. While the kids went to school, Barbara was active in the Junior League of Wilmington and volunteered for a hospice. The family spent four years in Geneva, Switzerland where Barb found a passion for skiing and the mountains. When Jack retired, they settled in Telluride, CO, because the mountains reminded them of the Alps, and Amelia Island, Florida, where Barb loved to walk the beach and find sharks' teeth. Barb loved to spend time with her family and her close friends, many of whom lived in Wilmington. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She passed away on a beautiful September evening on Amelia Island. She and Jack had just met friends at the pool for a cocktail and Barb was in a wonderful mood. She died suddenly, from an aneurysm, but her friends reported that she had a drink in her hand and a smile on her face. Her family celebrated her life with a party at the beach in Santa Monica, California on November 17, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jack, her four sons, Mark, Stew, Steve and James, their wives Julie, Barbie, Vanessa and Claudia, and seven grandchildren, Sabrina, Sydney, Alex, Isa, Brian, Korina, and JD.


Published in The News Journal on Jan. 20, 2013
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