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Catherine Harris

October 22, 1928 — August 26, 2022

Dr. Catherine May (Neighbor) Harris, born October 22, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri to Josephine (Duncan) and Charles Henry Neighbor, passed into the light on Friday, August 26, 2022 at the age of 93. She was at home in Placitas, New Mexico in the loving arms of her daughters, Catherine Anne Harris and Norah Elizabeth Harris.

Catherine May grew up in Iola, Kansas living with her grandparents, Ora Phares and Charlotte (Lottie) Catherine Duncan, her mother Josephine, and her two older brothers, Charles and Howard. Proud of her roots, she often reminisced about this early life and her family's struggles and triumphs living through the Great Depression. After high school, she attended nurses training at the University of Kansas School of Nursing and worked as a hospital nurse in Chicago and San Francisco. Catherine joined the Air Force in 1953 and served as an active-duty nurse for 3 years in Chateauroux, France and continued to serve her country in the USAF Reserves for 12 years. She was discharged a captain and was proud of the country she served. After discharge, she spent a year studying music in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music and then moved to San Francisco where she worked as a public health nurse while earning her baccalaureate and master's degrees at University of California School of Nursing. She later moved to New Mexico and became a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Nursing, eventually earning her PhD in Nursing Education. Catherine was dedicated to to the field of geriatric mental health and pioneered education to support professionals and families in providing dignified care for patients of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Catherine loved the natural world, music, and family. She was generous with her time, words, and loving support. Her smile could light up the sky. Catherine was preceded in death by her two big brothers, Charles Henry Neighbor and Howard Duncan Neighbor. She is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Anne Harris and Norah Elizabeth Harris, her stepsons, Peter Gerald Harris and David Lee Harris, her two step-grandsons, Samuel David Harris and Lee Spencer Harris, her half-sister Carol Neighbor, and her beloved dog, Blue.

Inurnment services will be held at Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas on June 22, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. and will be handled by Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Highland Cemetery (Allen County)

1800 North Cottonwood Street, Iola, KS 66749

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