Barbara Jean Wilson Harris

Barbara Harris

Barbara Jean Harris Wilson (Barber)

Sunrise: August 17, 1942                      Sunset: November 21, 2020

Barbara Jean “Sista” transitioned peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on her terms November 21, 2020 in Houston, Texas at the overflow age of 78.

Barbarawas born in Maude, Texas. She graduated from James Madison High School in 1962 in Dallas, Texas.  Her love for outdoors, plants, dirt and creeper crawlers led her to a career filled with science.  After High School she pursued her Certification of American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) from St. Paul Hospital School of Medical Technology and School of Histology. After her certification of HT (ASCP) she stayed on at St. Paul Hospital.

Barbara reached, what she felt as her greatest career achievement; she was published in an Oncogene article for assisting in genetic eye disease (Glaucoma). Her 53 years as a Histologist included employments at UT Health Science Center, Diagnostics Laboratory and Cancer Research Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Audie Murphy Memorial Hospital, Humana Hospital San Antonio and UT Health Science Center of San Antonio.

Barbara retired in 2017 from MD Anderson Cancer Center after 17 years of service. In 2004 American Society for Clinical Pathology recognized Barbara for 40 years of service. But because Barbara is intentional and has to do things on her terms, she put in an additional 13 years to the medical industry.

Barbara loved traveling to various places like Aruba, St. Lucia, Canada, and Dominican Republic She rode horses, kayaked, canoed, swan with dolphins and parasailed. It did not matter if she arrived by train, car, ship or plane, she was sure to enjoy her ride. All genres of music, art museums, sun rises and sunsets, sitting at the dining room table watching the fish swim or sharing a big steak omelet from IHOP were enjoyable moments to her.

She filled her time with planting, sewing, interior design, ceramics, cooking, reading and watching Columbo. To overcome public speaking challenges, she joined Toastmasters. She served as the Secretary on her HOA Board for 3 years and as Assistant Secretary in 2020. She was a Girl Scout in her youth. She attended Sunday School, sang in the Choir, and volunteered in various Auxiliaries at Second Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She was a member at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.


Barbara is survived by her husband Dorris “Mr. D” Wilson, Sr.: daughter Rebekkah A. Harris (Dallas, TX); son, Shakespeare Jeremy D (Mary) Harris (Jersey Village, Texas); sister, Geneva Alexander (Dallas, Texas). Her quiver is full of 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and friends. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert T and Gertrude Miller Barber, brother Bobby Lee Barber and sister Edna Ruth Barber Mitchell.

The family would like to thankeach of you for all the love, cards, money, kind words and prayers. We are ever grateful to Nurse O her nurse in the hospital, Amber in the gift shop, Jan with Star of Texas Hospice and Kevin with Carnes Funeral Home.

As you continue to pray for us, we pray that you continue to grow in the GRACE of God.