Julia Jane (Forsythe) Harrison

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Harrison Julia Jane (Forsythe) Harrison, of Upper Arlington, passed away peacefully at Kobacker House on Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a stubborn fight with cancer. Born September 30, 1932, the second daughter to Lieutenant Colonel Frank W. and Julia (Metcalf) Forsythe, Julie's true home was always her family's house at 2471 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington, although the Army lifestyle transplanted the Forsythes many times. Julie grew up in Columbia, Georgia, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Biloxi, Mississippi, Washington, D.C. and Bargersville, Indiana. She attended over 11 schools throughout her childhood including National Cathedral School in D.C. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School (1950) and with honors from the College of Commerce at The Ohio State University (1953) where she was very involved as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Mirrors and Beta Gamma Sigma Honoraries. Julie wrote for the society column of The Columbus Dispatch (among other publications) during the 50's and worked as a legal secretary for several Columbus law firms. Over a 30 year career, Julie was an accomplished professor at Columbus State Community College, a teacher at Worthington Christian High School and an instructor to adult inmates at the Women's Penitentiary, during which, she touched the lives of so many, sharing her enthusiasm for learning with a sunny disposition and love for the Lord. Known especially for her tireless work ethic and a sincere compassion for others, Julie and her daughter Leslie served for over 20 years as volunteers at numerous churches, hospitals, schools, libraries, community and art centers where they taught Sunday School, shelved books, folded laundry, stuffed envelopes, answered questions and seated guests among other tasks. Julie was also a member of The Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital, and The National Head Injury Foundation, Calvary Bible Church and an active member of the Upper Arlington Senior Center. Helping others was her mantra and she did it always with a smile! Julia is preceded in death by her husband Ellis "Skip" Harrison, her parents and sister Jinny (Forsythe) Reed. She is survived by brother, Sonny Forsythe (Suzanne) of Charlotte, NC; three children, Matthew D. Harrison (Rachel) of Gahanna, Leslie A. Harrison of Worthington and Wade E. Harrison (Hope) of Upper Arlington; nine grandchildren, Drew, Ben, Brooke, Jonathan, Natalie, Jacob, Ryan, Adam and Alex; and multiple nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME, 4221 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214, (3 blocks S. of Henderson Rd.), where service will be held Friday 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tom Coffman officiating. Interment Greenmont Cemetery Freeport, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kobacker House through Ohio Health Foundation. Please visit www.weirarendfuneral.com to sign the official online condolence book.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2014
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