Angelina Harris of Marvel died May 24, at the age of 96. She was a beloved mother and grandmother who will be remembered for her warmth, wit, and generosity of spirit.
Born in Durango in 1925, Angie was the youngest of twelve children. Alongside her mother, a thrice-widowed immigrant from the Tyrolian Alps region of Austria (now Italy) she raised vegetables and livestock along the Animas River across from what is now the DoubleTree Hotel. At age sixteen, she met Donald Harris at a Grange Hall dance in Breen. He was immediately taken with her, and proposed soon after. They were married June 22, 1942 and remained married sixty-four years, until Donald's death in 2006. While they had their share of hardships, they were a devoted and playful couple who went dancing and held hands into their eighties. He always called her "Babe," and she teased him about his bad driving and loud sneezes. The only joke he never forgave her was when she cut off the head of a rattlesnake and re-coiled its body in the place where he always got out of his truck, causing him to "let out a howl."
Angie was a talented homemaker who could serve an enormous holiday meal with seeming ease. Her pecan pies were legendary. But as skilled as she was in the kitchen, she also had a sharp head for business and was responsible for the daily workings of the family oil-leasing and ranching operations. She was very much a self-taught expert in both fields. She had a passion for learning, and was proud to have earned her GED from Durango High School alongside her youngest son, Greg. She wrote poetry, did her own taxes, and reliably won jackpots in Laughlin. But perhaps she will be most remembered for her comforting back rubs, her cozy house where grandchildren napped on the sheepskin rug, her ready smile, and her unwavering support of her family. She did not indulge in gossip, and treated everyone she knew with the fairness and grace. She was a lifelong Democrat.
Angie is preceded in death by her husband Donald and son Greg. She is survived by daughter Donna Rea and son Russell Harris; grandchildren Rodger Greer, Marlon "Red" Greer, Paul Greer, Jenny Harris, Chris Harris, Amanda Rea, and Ben Rea; great-grandchildren Jake Greer, Malia McKinzie, Daniel Greer, Rebecca Greer, Mariah King, Bryan King, Andee Eiker, Kenric Eiker, Lael Rogers, and Leadah; great-great grandchildren Annabelle Greer, Donald Greer, Atticus Greer, and Odin Grill.
At Angie's request, no service will be held at this time.
Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 2, 2021.