2017-09-14 / Obituaries

Ann Harris

Ann Harris of Mariposa passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the age of 89. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her, both family and friends.

She is survived by Tom Harris of Mariposa, her husband of 70 years; daughter Jennifer Fosgate of Mariposa; daughter Cynthia Lenz and her husband Jerry Lenz both of Montague, Calif.; and grandchildren David Lenz of Montague, and Hanna Linn Elmore of Goldvein, Va.

Ann was born in Los Angeles in 1927. She grew up in Compton, where her father was a college professor. She and her husband Tom were still just kids when they met around 1938. After their marriage in 1947, Tom and Ann settled briefly in Long Beach, where their first daughter Cyndie was born, then made a home in Riverside, where second daughter Jennifer was born. They relocated to Santa Cruz County in 1968, where they had a home in Aptos for 42 years before moving to Mariposa in 2009. Both Ann and her husband Tom had long careers in education, teaching at both the elementary and junior high school levels.

After retiring in the early 1980s, Ann and husband Tom took full advantage of their freedom to travel by enjoying multiple cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii. They drove across the United States in a camper, visited Ann’s distant cousin in Oxford, England, and joined their daughter Jennifer and her family on vacations in Mexico, Hawaii and Nevada. During numerous camping trips they explored the scenic wonders of the Western United States and Canada, and frequently visited their favorite California locations, especially Yosemite and other regions of the Sierra Nevada.

Ann was an artist her entire life, specializing in watercolor technique. She exhibited her work extensively in both Riverside and Santa Cruz County, and was represented by galleries in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz and Carmel. She and husband Tom collaborated on the creation of porcelain ceramics, which they displayed and sold at Kit Carson Lodge for many years. Tom made cups, vases and bowls which Ann decorated with native wildflowers.

She was a member of Treetop Gallery of Mariposa and Yosemite Western Artists of Oakhurst. Her work was displayed in three Yosemite Renaissance Exhibitions, and two Sierra Art Trails open studio tours. She was a participant in the Yosemite Art & Wine Festival for several years, where her hand painted ceramic cups were always a popular item, and she won numerous blue ribbons at the Mariposa County Fair.

Cremation services will be provided by Neptune Society of Fresno. A memorial service for family and friends may be scheduled at a later date.

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Our condolences to the

Our condolences to the family. We met Ann at an art class at the Senior Center. I admired her painting wildflowers on cups and promised myself I would purchase some. Now it's probably too late.

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