Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Chapel Hill

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Fairy Rae Harrison

March 19, 1929January 4, 2020

A Fairy's Tale

Fairy Rae Harrison was born at home on the farm, March 19, 1929, near Rocky Ford, Colorado. Her parents, Samuel Henry Harrison and Opal Marie Harrison, had a two-year-old daughter then, Marilyn Jean. Marilyn passed away the year Fairy was born.

The Harrisons later had four other children – all daughters. Sherrill, Joanne, Phyllis, and Carol, as well as Fairy, all learned the chores of the farm. They took turns plowing the fields with a team of horses, stacking hay, milking twenty cows morning and night, and all the other jobs that had to be done before and after school and homework. All her sisters preceded Fairy to their heavenly home.

At a Sunday morning service, April 24,1938, Fairy accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She attended La Junta Baptist Tabernacle several years and was baptized in a lake nearby. In 1959, after moving to California for employment, Fairy joined Scott Memorial Church (now Grace Church San Diego). She served the Lord in many different capacities. She was a Sunday school leader, sang in the choir, traveled with the choir overseas, participated in small Bible study groups, was involved in the prayer chain, and in many other ways, served her Lord. Fairy also was very involved in Stonecroft Ministries from 1964 to 2014.

Fairy attended Wheaton College, and earned her BA in Elementary Education at The University of Northern Colorado. Later she earned an MA in reading education. She held early jobs as a dental assistant and a catalog order fulfillment clerk at Montgomery Ward where she worked the warehouse on roller skates. Fairy taught in California public schools 1955-1992. She was a reading specialist, which allowed her to share her love of reading with many students over the years. She also was an early adopter of computerized education and used a computer lab to teach reading.

Fairy loved watching any kind of sports activity. She held Chargers season tickets 1962-2016, only giving up her 50-yard-line tickets when the team moved to Los Angeles. She also loved watching nephews and nieces play sports, including High School volleyball, football, basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling as well as college football and basketball.

More than Sports or reading or teaching children, Fairy’s greatest love truly was Jesus Christ. She frequently sought to pass it on to others. During her final hours, she reached for her great great nephew and said, “I love you so much. Love Jesus. Love Jesus. Obey God. Always trust Jesus.”

She is survived by eleven nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews, and their 29 children.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Private Burial Monday, January 13, 2020


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Shirley d Anders

January 11, 2020

Fairy was a dear friend for many years, I knew her parents through our in home Bible Study in the late 1960's and met Fairy and her sisters through them! I'll always be grateful for how she took my son, Mark Willhite, under her loving wings when he was in the Navy! We loved her immensely and will miss her always! Shirley Willhite Anders