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Harris, Carol Ann August 31, 1937 - May 11, 2022

Carol Ann Harris, age 84, of Rockaway passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital, Dover, NJ.  Carol was born August 31, 1937 in Burlington, VT  to the late Stanley H. Rumney and Chrystal F. (Palmer) Rumney.   Carol graduated from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT with a B. A. in Art Education. She was a proud member of the New Jersey Potters Guild.
Carol’s first love was her family. She enjoyed raising her eight children. She hosted many great parties, cooked wonderful meals, took us on many camping trips and our most memorable trip being all 10 of us on a month long trip around the US. She was very artistic and enjoyed all the arts. She especially enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, pottery and plays in New York City.  In her early years she opened and co-owned The Village Collage, Chester NJ. She had a passion for helping those in need and worked as a certified social worker and managed a group home for adults with special needs. She enjoyed bringing happiness to others. She has always been an artist and realized her dreams of opening her own pottery studio, Carol’s Undergrown Clayworks, Rockaway, NJ, which became her studio, shop and classroom for years. Some students attended classes for over 30 years.
All who met Carol were inspired by her zest for life, kindness, and her talents. Her passion for art was amazing. She once said, “Nothing excites me more then getting my hands in clay and trusting and turning it to evolve into its own creation. For many years now when I go into my studio I think of loved ones that have passed away. I pick a name, gaze at a photograph and remembering  the good times, I let the clay create a celebration of their life.”
Carol is survived by her husband Joel Harris, Rockaway, NJ, sons Ken DeFazio,Hackettstown, David DeFazio, Dover,NJ, Alan DeFazio, Piedmont, SC, Christian (Cathy), Payson,AZ, Keith (Maria) DeFazio, Netcong, Darrick (Michele) DeFazio, Hackettstown and daughters Marianne (the late Brent)Whitmer, Geneseo,IL and Diane (Brian) Converse Geneseo,IL . She was also survived by her stepdaughters Sue (the late George) Abbate, Randolph, and Judy (Scott) Decker, Roxbury and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A celebration of life and a private service will be held by the family.


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    Diane Converse says

    Missing you but have the best memories of our times together! Thank you for being the best mom ever!❤️❤️❤️

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    Michele DeFazio says

    You will be forever missed by so many lives that you have touched. The world has lost a wonderful soul, but Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. I will carry a piece of you in my heart.

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    Marty OConnell says

    Ken, Darrick and Family,

    Our condolences and prayers at this difficult time.

    The OConnells

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    Patricia (Brodie) Baker says

    Loved my summers I spend with you and the kids . You were the high light of my life when I was young and you were always there for my mom . RIP my dear dear aunt Carol 🥰

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    Anna Knudsen says

    Ken – so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace.

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