Lynne Mae HARRIS
July 1, 1937 – August 26, 2019
Lynne Mae Harris, PhD., 82, of Peachtree City, passed away August 26, 2019. She was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas. She married John A. Moore from Bentonville, Arkansas, and traveled the world, following John’s career in the U.S. Air Force. During the 1970s, Lynne began pursuing a degree in teaching and eventually obtained her Doctorate in Philosophy. Lynne ultimately moved to Colorado where, due to her extensive work with the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), she became well-known and loved in education circles throughout Colorado, including Pueblo, Trinidad, Flagler, and La Junta. Lynne also took her talents overseas, twice taking the position as Principal of Ajial Bilingual School in Kuwait.
She is preceded in death by parents Lee Roy and Winnie Lee Harris, husband Walter Wayne Hopewell, sister Willie Dew Kerr, and brother Ralph “Buck” Harris.
Lynne is survived by her sisters, Sally (Harris) Fletcher of Dallas, TX, and Betty J. Harris of Rogers, AR, as well as her children John Moore, Phil Moore, and Julie Negron. Lynne was the loving grandmother of 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
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Lynne Mae HARRIS
September 4, 2019
I’m so grateful for the time that Philip and I shared with Lynne over the years. My favorite memories were the visits in Colorado City and hearing about her recent adventures, and Philip sharing the latest hiking adventure. My mother was blessed to meet and connect with Lynne instantly... talking about politics, life and Bob Dylan. We love you and miss you dearly, Lynne!
September 4, 2019
“She had the most adventurous and beautiful spirit. What an amazing blessing to have a friend like that in your life.” This is a quote from my daughter in-law. Lynne touched the lives of all my family. They loved and admired her. Memories of Lynne fill my life. She was my best friend and mentor. I learned such wisdom and compassion from her when we taught together in Walsenburg. She brought me closer to other people and to nature. Her amazing optimism made her a joy to be around. Everything was wonderful, the world was beautiful, all people were good and worth knowing...this was Lynne and how she saw the world. She was never a downer. I really don’t remember her ever saying a negative thing about anyone. My new motto in life is “What would Lynne do?” Whenever I am discouraged, whenever I am angry or depressed, I will ask myself, “What would Lynne do?”
She would smile and say, “Dear heart everything is okay, it’s just wonderful. Let’s go for a nice walk.” I can hear her say those words and she could make you believe they were true!
September 3, 2019
I love this photo of Lynne. So pretty.
September 1, 2019
I want to echo my Cousin Hilary in describing the incredibly positive influence Lynne Mae was to young women and I thank Hilary for sharing her story. I'm so glad to see your words here.
Lynne Mae Harris had that same positive effect on my life, as a girl and as a woman. Mom was part of the "bra-burning" phenomenon of the 1970s in that she went back to school in her mid-30s to pursue her own career, even though her husband and extended family members didn't agree.
My memory is that Mom, through stories of how she stood up for herself and stood her ground on numerous issues, taught me how to "just go in there and tell 'em". She never doubted that I was right in my career goals. She never told me I'd never make money at it and, therefore, shouldn't pursue my passion. She simply always told me I should "go for it".
Because of her stories of standing up for herself and her never-ending encouragement, I was able to bravely put my work in front of people without fear and happily spent nearly 20 years as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator with those words "go for it" pushing me right in the center of my shoulder blades, propelling me toward my destiny.
I ultimately achieved my lifelong dream of having a panel comic strip run in the Stars & Stripes, something I'd wanted since I was 8-years-old. I sent Mom the very first "Jenny, the Military Spouse" book and she kept it on her nightstand until the day she passed away.
I love you, Mom. You've always been my very best friend and most awesome cheerleader.
[Note: The photo below was taken September 16, 2018, and depicts Lynne Mae standing in front of the house where they filmed "Fried Green Tomatoes" in Senoia, GA. She had started falling by then, therefore the cane. I'll post more photos of our trip to Juliette, Georgia, the location of the Whistle Stop Cafe, as time permits.]
August 30, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Aunt Lynne's passing. It has been several years since I saw her last, but I always enjoyed seeing her. I remember as kids, my mom and dad took us to Colorado to visit. I still remember that visit. I know life and distance gets in the way and time can get away from all of us. I wish we could have stayed in touch more. Family is one of the most precious things a person can have in their life. I will say a prayer for Lynne's family and hope that they have peace during this difficult time. Love you all.
August 29, 2019
I am a daughter of Buck Harris. He and my mother met and married in their childhoods, and, appropriately enough, divorced a bit later. I do not mean to intrude on this observance of your mother’s passing, but I do want to say this: It has been many decades since I last saw Lynne Mae. Perhaps, it was the late 60s or maybe the early 70s. What I would like to share with you, though, is that my mother always adored your mother. And that I, too, have always remembered her, more often than you might guess, as a vibrant, humble, funny, generous, smart, and perhaps larger- than -life woman. She introduced me to the very concept of a global world and a global life. You all were living in the Philippines. And then a bit later, she introduced me to the notion of an evolving life. I knew that she had moved to Colorado, and was pursuing her education. And that she had a love in her life. With no rancor in my heart for anyone, I say that families in the late 20th century were terribly complicated. And in my mind and heart, I have often thought of my genetic connection to your mother. As I pursued my own doctorate and my own global life, I knew that I had some touchstone within my blood. Again, I do not mean to intrude, rather to say that your mother was an extraordinary woman in that a young girl child would remember her throughout the course of her own life as a cherished totem. Godspeed.
August 28, 2019
I have too many memories of Granny Lynne to pick my favorite, but I have a few that stand out from the rest.
I remember being taught by Granny from a young age to have respect for nature, to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us. She would explain what wildflowers were used by Native American tribes to make different pigments and regularly took us on nature walks around her house in the mountains.
When I was older I went to visit Granny and Grandpa in their mountain house and Granny told me I needed to know what my totem animals were. She proceeded to open her guest room closet and show me a stack of books and spirit animal cards she kept on hand to give to people to take home with them. The only animal I remember from my totem was a weasel, and while I did not like the sound of it, Granny ensured me it was a good thing. That it meant I was able to see the true nature of those around me.
The next significant memory I have is of visiting her and Grandpa during the winter with Ben when he was around 2 years old. We took a walk down to the lake with Granny to see if we could spot any eagles. As luck would have it we saw a giant Bald Eagle resting on the ice in the center of the lake. Granny starts telling me all the things she knows about eagles, pauses and then looks down at Ben in his stroller. She then said "You better keep that baby strapped in or that eagle will snatch him right up! I saw one take a dog that was just a little smaller than him!" like it was just a fact of mountain life.
Granny did many things for me in my life, like setting me up with a pen pal from her school in Kuwait, giving me a car when I desperately needed one as a single mother, and most importantly teaching me that you can do anything you set your mind to. She has always served as an inspiration for me to finish my education. So, I am happy that I got the chance to tell her that I am doing just that before she left us. I'll always love you, Granny Lynne.
August 28, 2019
In my adult life, one of the few people I always wished I lived near as an adult was my Granny Lynne. So in the last two years when she came to live with my parents, I was thrilled she was here and I would come to visit her almost daily. Sometimes she would remember me by name or that I was her granddaughter, but eventually she did not. Instead, she started calling me her “Good Friend”. At first I was filled with sadness that she couldn’t recall her own granddaughter. But as time went on I truly loved being called her good friend. That meant she felt loved when I came to visit her. Her friends and family meant the world to her. I feel lucky that she saw me as a friend to her in her last years. I always told her I would see her again really soon with a kiss on her forehead. I miss her more than words can say already. Til I see you again, my very dear, good friend.