Date of Birth September 7, 1935
Date Deceased April 30, 2023
Hometown Arkport
Home State N.Y.

Barbara (Sick) Harris

ARKPORT – Barbara (Sick) Harris, 87, of Northridge Drive, entered eternal rest peacefully, surrounded by family, Sunday afternoon (Apr. 30, 2023) at Elderwood at Hornell.

Born in Hornell on Sept. 7, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Wilson and Aldene (Snell) Sick. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by one son, Richard F. Harris; grandson, Richard “Richie” Harris; and her brother and sister, Wilson W. Sick II and Jean DeVito.

A lifelong resident of the Hornell/Arkport area, Barbara was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1953 and received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Alfred State College.

She was a gifted and caring RN employed at the former Bethesda Community Hospital in North Hornell and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.

The role for which she was most proud was that of a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be remembered as a fantastic baker, known for her famous cookies and desserts. She enjoyed sewing and knitting as well.

Barbara was very close to her parents and was a wonderful friend to those who knew and loved her.

An active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell, she was a dedicated volunteer for St. James Hospital Auxiliary for many years and served as a co-president at one time.

She is lovingly survived by her husband of 70 years, Frederic K. Harris, whom she married on Apr. 3, 1953 at the former Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hornell; four children, Steven A. (Jan) Harris of Palm Harbor, FL, Timothy W. (Wendy) Harris of Houston, TX, Linda (Alan) Hoover of Prescott, AZ and Donald J. Harris of Raleigh, NC; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

To honor her request, there will be no calling hours. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in her memory at  10 a.m. Saturday (June 17, 2023)  at Christ Episcopal Church, 6 Center St., Hornell.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to Christ Episcopal Church, 6 Center St., Hornell, NY 14843.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Barbara’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Barbara are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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3 Responses

  1. Wow. So sorry to hear of her passing . Our family has so much history with her and your family. Barbara babysat for me and my siblings way back in the 50’s. I in turn babysat for the Harris kids in the 60’s! You were at our wedding in1970… sounds like you have some great memories as well. Blessings and peace to you all.
    John and Donna Young

  2. My deepest sympathy to Fred and the Harris children for the loss of your beloved wife and mother. I will remember Barb warmly.

  3. My sympathy to Fred and the family. I enjoyed working with Barb at the hospital. She became a close and good friend of mine.

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