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Rosemary Harrison

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Rosemary Harrison


Rosemary Thompson Hester Harrison, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Catherine's after a short illness. Visitation is scheduled 1:00 PM Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Great Hall at Northminster Baptist Church. This will be followed by a service at 2:00 P.M. in the sanctuary with The Reverend Dr. Charles Poole officiating. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park. Rosemary was born on December 20, 1926, in Brookhaven, Mississippi, the much loved daughter of Frederick and Vivian (Collins) Thompson. She was educated in the Brookhaven Public Schools and was always proud of her Brookhaven roots. She graduated from Whitworth College in Brookhaven in 1946 with a major in Journalism. Rosemary received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English cum laude from M.S.C.W. in 1948 and a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Mississippi College in 1961. In addition to a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi, she also completed advanced graduate work at Tulane University. Next to her church and her family, Rosemary loved teaching and taught for several years in Yazoo City, Grenada, and Hattiesburg before coming to Jackson in 1956 where Murrah High School became first in her heart. She later taught fourteen years at Mississippi College and was Director of Student Teaching there. She always enjoyed visiting with former students and considered one of her greatest blessings having former students as adult friends. Rosemary had many interests was involved in many community and civic organizations. She was a member of the First Families of Mississippi as well as Magna Charta Dames and enjoyed membership in several luncheon and literary clubs.In 1968 after two decades of teaching, Rosemary married Ralph Hanna Hester, Jr., and adopted his three children. After his death after only eight years of marriage, she returned to teaching at Mississippi College. In 1986 she married Major General Gray Williamson Harrison, Jr., and they spent their golden years of retirement in traveling widely, community involvement, and entertaining friends until his death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by three children, Ralph Hanna Hester, III, Helen Hester Sills and Denise Hester Detotto. Survivors include: two son-in-laws, Bruce Detotto and Ben Sills; two step-sons, Gray Harrison, III and Robert Harrison; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Randolph and her husband James; and three grandchildren: Dailey Harrison and Tommy and Vivian Sills. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to make contributions in Rosemary's memory are asked to make donations to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211or any .


Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 28, 2014
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