Carolyn “Bunny” (Collins) Harrison, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2020, of respiratory disease and COVID.
Bunny was born February 20, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Ralph and Charlotte Collins, the last of six children. She acquired the childhood nickname “Bunny” during happy times spent visiting a family farm in Helena, Missouri and chasing the animals there.
Bunny spent her adult life in the Kansas City metropolitan area, most recently in Overland Park, Kansas. As a young woman, she worked as a telephone operator, and played on a women’s basketball team and a softball team. She married Harry F. Harrison, Jr. in June 1958. They lived their early married life near Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, inspiring a lifelong love of horse racing. He preceded her in death in 2015 after 57 years of marriage.
Bunny loved gardening, sewing and crafting, and going “estate sailing” in search of a great find. She is survived by her three daughters, Christy (Rick) Teich, Nancy (Ralph Biersmith) Harrison, and Kimberley Harrison; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Kayla Teich; two siblings, Virginia Fisher, and Ralph Collins (Brother Frederic of the Abbey of Gethsemani); numerous nieces and nephews, and loving friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Plant a flower this spring in her memory.
fried/neighbor ,KC ,Missouri
Will remember her as a great neighbor.Last saw her at Ace hardware. Had a long visit.Think of you all often Love to you girls and your family.
Niece ,Mansfield ,Ohio
We were so sorry to hear of Bunny’s passing. A lot of childhood memories of her, your dad, and the other siblings getting together and having a ball - lots of card playing and fun times. Take care and know we are thinking about you three.
Jane and Pat
Nephew ,Hilliard ,Ohio
We were so sad and deeply sorry to hear that Bunny had passed away, we had just talked to her a week or so ago, it was always a priority for Jeanne and I to visit her when we were in town and go eat dinner with her and her daughter Kim along with Debbie, we also tried to visit Bunny at her house or recently at Kim’s, Jeanne and Bunny always loved to chat about estate sales and what they had bought recently, she was always a pleasure to visit, we will seriously miss her when we travel to KC, I know Bunny is with her sisters, brother and husband now.
Friend ,Lantana ,Texas
We met Bunny right before we got married about 20 years ago. Mary Kersten introduced me to Bunny. We saw her pretty regularly until about 2012. We moved to Texas and I called her a few times and stopped by with the girls on our visits to Kansas City, which she loved. I have treasures of things Bunny sewed for our home: A beautiful table runner for Valentine’s Day, cute little bunny heads for Easter, aprons made of pink toile for the girls to help me in baking in the kitchen. My oldest daughter, Emma, had a special connection with Bunny and called Bunny her cleaning grandma. I thought it was so sweet that she felt like Bunny was her grandmother. Bunny shared her crafty talents with my family and she and I loved to talk and trade books. She was an avid reader and would stay up super late reading. She was a beautiful soul and will be dearly missed.