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Carolyn Sue Davis Harris

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CAROLYN SUE DAVIS HARRIS Carolyn Sue Davis Harris passed away peacefully shortly after 8:00 in the evening Friday, December 27, 2013 after a short stay at the Partners N Care, board and care, after a long fight with kidney and heart disease. She left on her terms and did it her way. Always more concerned about helping others rather than herself. This was in evidence these past few weeks as people she knew and loved came to see her to say goodbye. She would not talk about herself but rather ask how each was doing and give words of hope and encouragement. The world is a better place because she was a part of it. Some of the last words she was able to speak were for her Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. She said she wanted them to have faith, it didn't matter which one, to follow their dreams and choose a career they are passionate about and do it to the best of their ability. She was born in Evansville, Indiana to Mildred Ana Hertweck Davis and J. Clifford Davis. The family moved to California in 1945. Carolyn Sue met William Edward Harris in the choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside and they were married on November 22, 1961. The couple has resided in Riverside, California for over 52 years. The world will remember her for the way she lived out her faith in service to victims of the AIDS epidemic and fight against HIV, as well as her broader public health advocacy. Many will remember her as uncompromising in her core principals with unending grace and acceptance of people others might treat as untouchables, with strength to stand up on their behalf. She truly was a liberal as defined by President Kennedy in his speech of September 14, 1960. "someone who cares about the welfare of the people, their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties" She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, James C. Davis and her brother-in-law Elmer R. Lurker. She is survived by her loving husband - William Edward Harris of Riverside; two adoring children - William James Harris of New York and Cathryn Sue Harris of Riverside; Four wonderful grandchildren - Patricia Marie, Kristen Elizabeth, Valerie Catherine and William Joseph, all of New York; two precious great grandchildren Victoria Michelle Fischer and Angela Nevaeh Blackwell; her sister, Joyce M. Lurker of Riverside; her brothers-in-law Bruce A. Harris (Cheryl) and Paul M. Harris (Sandy); her sisters-in-law Debra J. Green (Allen), Jacquelyn M. Johnston (Timothy) and Betty P. Davis, and many nieces and nephews. The celebration of her life, a reception and memorial service, will be held at Saint Georges Episcopal Church in Riverside, California on January 18, 2014. The celebration reception will be held at 11:30 a.m. where those who knew her love will have the opportunity to express their feelings to all. The reception will be followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 in the Sanctuary. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Georges Episcopal Church, any HIV/AIDS service organization or the .

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 7, 2014
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