Eunice Catherine Barnes Harris


ALAMOSA —Eunice Catherine Barnes Harris was born September 8, 1930, in Lakeland, Florida to parents Zerney Burnes Barnes and Eunice Pipkin Barnes.  As the youngest of four siblings, Zerney Barnes, Jr., Richard Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes (MacKinnon).  Eunice spent her early years among many friends and relatives.  After graduating from Florida State University and beginning a lifetime career of elementary school teaching, she married Harold Douglas Harris, Jr. on January 16, 1954 and became an Army wife.  She cheerfully managed the many moves that followed.  Eunice and Harold along with their three children, Doug, Charles and Katherine had the opportunity to live in Georgia, New Jersey, France, Montana and Florida.  The family moved to Alamosa, Colorado in 1970 and Eunice and Harold put down permanent roots in the San Luis Valley.  Eunice remained in contact with the many friends she met throughout her life.  She and Harold visited many of them as they traveled across the country over the years.  Eunice was an active P.E.O. member for over 65 years and was very much loved by her P.E.O. sisters.  Music was very important in her life and she played both the piano and the organ.  She also sang in the choir during her life as a member of every Methodist Church she attended.  Eunice also accompanied, on the piano, many student’s music performances throughout the years.  Eunice was an avid bridge player and actually met Harold on a “blind date” for a bridge game.  She was known for baking cookies and made thousands over her lifetime for children to enjoy painting.  Her love of children was reflected by the many who considered her ‘their’ Grandma Harris. 

Eunice was preceded in death by her husband Harold, son Doug and daughter-in-law Susan.

She is survived by her son Charlie (Debbie) Harris, daughter Kay Harris Risdahl and her grandchildren, Corey (Rachel) Harris, Holly (Tom Yanker) Harris, Katie Risdahl, Christi Risdahl, Tim (Sabrina) Biggs and Jay (Charity) Biggs. 

Eunice was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cremation was selected and a memorial service followed by interment at Homelake Cemetery will be held at a later time.  To express condolences to the family, please visit

Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.