Jean Harrison

Jean Harrison

Jean Harrison, 87, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in her home in Palmyra.

Jean was born June 26, 1932, to Daniel H. and Nellie Himmell Begley in rural Marion County.She was married to Norman C. Harrison on Oct. 27, 1951, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1994.

Survivors include her children, Kathy (Craig) Bent, Palmyra; Cheryl Hirner, Palmyra;  Sandy (Randy) Rohleder, Elizabeth, Colo.; and Bill (Debbie) Harrison, Arvada, Colo.; grandchildren, Jennifer Hirner Neeley (Eric) and children, Audrey and Corbin, Aurora, Colo.; Mary Hirner Smith (Dustin) and children, Josie and Olivia, Palmyra; Amanda Hirner and son, Owen, Palmyra; Lindsey Bent, Palmyra; Sarah Meintzer and her children, Steven Dominico, Alex Dominico and Austin Judish, Buena Vista, Colo.; granddaughter, Emily Harrison, Arvada, Colo.; very special longtime companion, Bill Huffman; and a sister; Elsie (Begley) Cates, Winterset Iowa.

Jean was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Greg Harrison; son-in-law, Mike Hirner; and siblings, Harvey Begley, Harold Begley, Helen Miller, Ray Begley, Ruth Sexton, Rosalie Boschert, Marjorie Wilson, Mary McPike and Mildred Hoenes.

Jean was a 1950 graduate of Palmyra High School. She worked at Golden Eagle Distributing in Hannibal until her retirement in 2007.

Having such a happy fun loving personality, Jean had many hobbies and activities that she enjoyed. She sang with the Flower City Belles and liked big band and jazz music. 

At home she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards and board games with family and friends, singing, dancing and making wine. 

She loved her years living in Colorado and always loved to go back and visit. 

Jean was a former member of the Mildred L. Briscoe Circle of Kings Daughters.

She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.Father Basil Eruo and Father Kelechi Uzuegbu will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14,  followed by a rosary at 7 p.m., at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. 

Memorials may be made to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

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