Obituary: Dorothy Signer Harris
May 7, 2009
Dorothy Signer Harris was born during the Great Depression, lived through World War II and other wars after that, watched a man walk on the moon and reached this age of scientific marvels. During this entire period, she maintained a strong belief in the love and compassion of God and a fierce commitment to her family and her children.
Dorothy was blessed to have two husbands who loved her. Her first husband, Merton Singer, was her high school sweetheart and a mining engineer. Mert took her from Golden to Butte, Mont. to Carlsbad, N.M. to Esterhazy, Canada to Chicago, Ill. and back to Carlsbad. During this busy time, they somehow found the time to have five children.
After Mert died, Dorothy moved herself and the children to Boulder, where she worked for the University of Colorado. After a few more years, Dorothy met Gus Harris, her second husband. Gus also had lost a spouse and had three children of his own. Gus was a small business man who owned and operated a large gravel and cement company in Granby. During the next 37 years, Gus and Dorothy lived life to the fullest, traveling to Hawaii, to Mexico multiple times, and from the West Coast to the East Coast. As Dorothy’s health failed, Gus became her strong right arm that helped ease her burdens.
Dorothy was a woman who laughed well, loved well and lived well. She will be missed.
Dorothy is survived by five children; Steve Signer, Boulder, Greg Signer, Knoxville, Tenn., Diane Lawrence, Longmont, Janet Labrake, Granby, Sue Hardy, Granby; one sister, Pat Raffety, Granby, husband, Gus Harris, Granby; three step-children, Terri Coombs, Parker, John Harris, Ankeny, Iowa, Jerri Berry, Littleton, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.