Juanita H Harrison, 102, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Juanita was born on October 30th, 1915 in Virginia to William and Lillie Hodges and was the wife of the late William O Harrison Jr.
Juanita had many, many talents. Among them were oil painting, paper macchia sculpture, seamstress, baker of chocolate marble cakes, theatrical play set designer & director and many others. She most often used these talents in the service of the Lord at Central Baptist Church. She loved camping with her lady friends, and did so well into her advanced age. She attributed her longevity to going to ‘the spa’ and exercising almost every day and getting plenty of sleep.
She is survived by a daughter, Sherry L Harrison, two sons, Wilson S. Harrison and Rowland B. Harrison, daughters in law Teri G. Harrison and Paula C. Harrison, five grandchildren, Alexander Robb, Rebecca Robb, Gwen Paszkiewicz, Christie H Tracy and Brent P. Harrison and three great grandchildren, Kayleigh Paszkiewicz, Arya Paszkiewicz and Owen C. Harrison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William O Harrison Jr., her sister, Phyllis Jones, and an infant son William O Harrison III (Jay).
The family will receive friends on December 20, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Central Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. The graveside service will be held on December 21, 2017 at 10:00am at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia. After the graveside service the family will be having a Celebration of life at the church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 701 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23507.
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Rowland and Sherry,
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your Mom. We are thinking of you and your family and will be praying. May God give you comfort and peace in these difficult moments, now and in the days and weeks ahead.
With deepest sympathy,
Oscar and Jane
Sherry, Wilson and Rowland,
A few days ago I found this Video Tribute to the terrific, extremely talented lady you called Mom. She had a long run and those of us she touched along the way are better for having known her. If she could be asked what she considered her greatest accomplishment, I’m guessing the answer would be the three of you. Watching the video and remembering the exact day some of the pictures were taken (in your Grandmother’s back yard and other familiar places) brought back fond memories and a few tears. In your grief, know that you are also blessed with the many wonderful memories that were left behind by your Mom (and Dad) for each of you to hold in your hearts.
Juanita and Bill were so gracious in opening their hearts and home to me as a child, showing me what a loving family should look like. Thank you Sherry, Wilson and Rowland for sharing your incredible mother with me. I truly loved her.
Sending my heartfelt love and sympathy to you and your families,