Carolyn (Scheuer) Harris (July 29, 1925- May 1, 2015)
Friday, June 12, 2015 3:01 PM
Carolyn Harris brightened the Magnolia community and kept its residents
looking good during the 40 years that she, along with husband Bud
Scheuer (dec’d. 1993), owned and operated “Carolyn’s Beauty Salon”
(1959-1999). They discovered Magnolia while visiting Bud’s family, and
mutually agreed that it was the perfect neighborhood in which to own a
business and raise children.
Carolyn worked at the salon during the
early years, but took time off to raise their children, Rick and Randi.
While at home she continued to manage the bookkeeping and supply
inventory, while Bud oversaw the daily operations of the salon. Wigs had
become a popular trend for many women at that time, and Carolyn used it
as an opportunity to keep her hands in the business by assisting women
with not only the purchase of the perfect wig, but also with keeping
them freshly styled using the “salon” Bud built in their basement.
buying their one and only home in Magnolia, Carolyn and Bud decided the
backyard would be an ideal space for a pool. It provided the perfect
backdrop for 58 years of fun in the sun with friends, family and
neighbors, and Carolyn embraced her role as a gracious hostess. Even in
her later years, her backyard was her sanctuary and there was no place
she’d rather be.
When looking for warmer weather in the colder
months, Carolyn and Bud took their family to Hawaii for one month each
year. They left their salon behind in the capable hands of their
employees, gathered up weeks of homework assignments from teachers, and
boarded a Pam Am flight to Honolulu.
Carolyn had a great zest for
life, a twinkle in her eye, and gave herself completely to whatever she
chose to do. When she took up tennis in her late forties she
demonstrated her skills both on and off the court. She not only played a
good game, but looked good doing it in outfits she sewed herself.
Lutheran was Carolyn’s church for over 50 years. It was there, after
losing Bud to complications of a stroke, that she met Robert Harris.
They shared a mutual love of life, and in 2000 were married during the
Sunday worship service. At the time of their wedding Carolyn was 74 and
Bob was 82. Their two families came together as well, supporting their
parents as they needed more assistance.
One of Carolyn’s proudest
accomplishments was as co-founder of the Magnolia Chorale in 1989. Last
spring at the 25th Anniversary concert she was recognized for the
crucial role she played in getting and keeping the group going. One
year later, just days before the spring concert, she slipped away
peacefully. The weekend performances were dedicated in her honor.
is preceded in death by her son Rick Scheuer, survived by husband Ret.
Col. Robert Harris, daughter Randi Mezich (Pete), grandchildren Whitney
and Derek Mezich, brothers Ted, James, Roland and Gerald Kauth, sisters
Helen Pedersen and Geraldine Gullickson (Vern), numerous nieces and
nephews, and stepchildren John and Eric Harris and Alix Bowers (Ralph)
and 8 step-grand/great grandchildren.
Many thanks to all who
supported, sustained and enriched Carolyn’s life during her journey. A
Memorial Service will be held on June 10, 2015 at 7:00pm at Magnolia
Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Ave. W., Seattle. Donations may be made to
Magnolia Lutheran Church or The Magnolia Chorale.