Suzanne Elizabeth Harris
October 3, 1952 – April 19, 2021
Suzanne Elizabeth Harris passed away peacefully on April 19, 2021 at her home in Laguna Niguel, CA. She endured a ferocious 16-month battle with cancer which ended her journey in the loving arms of her daughter as she had wished. She was 68 years old.
Suzanne was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada in 1952 as the only daughter to Phyllis and Anthony Mack. She immigrated to the US with her family in 1960 and resided in Silicon Valley where she graduated from Mountain View HS, and later from San Jose State University with a degree in Social Work.
In 1978, Suzanne married Robert Harris, her beloved husband of over 42 years where they lived in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz Mountains until moving to Orange County 15 years ago.
Suzanne was a well-respected and well liked member of the professional community in Orange County and was Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at First American Title Insurance in Santa Ana, CA. She continued to work until the very last month of her battle.
Suzanne enjoyed many things in life. An excellent cook, she loved delicious food and Rombauer wine. She travelled the world near and far and Catalina Island held a special place in her heart. She loved spending time with her family and best friends, attending Zumba classes and her grandchildren’s events with her dog Buster always by her side. Watching her husband, Bucky play live music brought great joy to her life. She is described by her friends and family as vibrant, beautiful, intelligent, selfless, and approachable.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her father Anthony Mack, mother Phyllis Lingley and stepfather Robert Lingley. She is survived by her husband Robert (Bucky), daughter Alison, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren, Madeline, Rockwell (Rocky), Summer, and Koa, brothers Paul Mack (Janyce), Peter Mack (Monica), niece Courtney Aquino (Gilbert) and nephew Ryan Mack as well as the Robinson Family in Ontario, Canada.
A Celebration of life for Suzanne will be held at Pacific View Mortuary & Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, CA on Sunday May 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM. A reception to follow will take place at the Harris Family home in Laguna Niguel, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure) and Talk About Curing Autism.
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Suzanne Elizabeth Harris
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April 29, 2021
Our sweet Suzanne...as you masterfully danced through the many roles in your life, by far, my favorite role was to watch you as a mother. I had a front row seat to the most beautiful love story between you and your daughter, Alison. You embraced the late teenage years with your words of wisdom and unconditional love. You guided through the early years of marriage by leading with the incredible example of your own marriage. And you cradled and adored the years of motherhood and your role as grandma; your most prized role in life, no doubt. It was a joy and an honor to witness and experience this love story between a mother and daughter. I'm forever grateful for the influence you've had on our lives, the forever memories, and for the best friend I have in Alison. Until we meet again...
Love you and miss you,
April 29, 2021
I loved your mother dearly, my sweet friend Suzanne❤️ We met on the River Seine in Paris more than two decades ago. We had spent much time talking, laughing, and being concerned together as our teenage daughters “studied hard” and traveled throughout Europe. It was such a thrill to finally meet in person. She was full of light, love, wisdom, humor, and great advice. I’m enormously grateful for our long friendship and the many special memories we shared. I will miss her deeply. May God hold you close during this time. It’s a profound loss. We love your family❤️
April 26, 2021
Suzanne and I were cousins on the Rankine side,, in Canada. Suzanne’s Mom, Phyllis and my grandfather, Charlie Rankine were siblings. Although Suzanne and I only met a few times, I felt a close connection. ..same age, heritage, and most of all Suzanne’s ability to envelope whoever she was with in her bubble of sunshine . I remember my grandfather talking with joy when he returned from a visit with Suzanne ,,Aunt Phyllis, Peter, and Paul. Now the Rankine clan who have gone before her, welcome Suzanne with open arms of love as she sets out on a new journey. The sharing of memories surely can help family and friends navigate through our grief. Til we meet again, Suzanne.
Nancy Larsen Chapin
April 25, 2021
Suzanne and I met living in the same apartment complex during college and our husbands were in the same band together. We each raised a daughter and they, in turn, have successful families. Suzanne's degree in social work reflected her continued generosity and compassion for others. We worked together in the semiconductor industry as Silicon Valley developed and Suzanne went on to be a top honored purchasing agent, one of a handful of women holding that position in the U.S. She was an expert in research, an influential speaker, and managed her teams with respect and fairness. I admired her tenacity to combine being a loving mother, wife, career woman, good neighbor and friend -all conducted with ease, poise, and balanced emotions. She remains a role model of living fully in steadfast dedication. Thank you Suzanne for setting the bar high and enjoying life! I was glad to share in it with you. Love, Nancy