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Mollie H. Harrison

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HAMPTON - Mollie H. Harrison passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. She was born on Aug. 8, 1933 in Newport News. Preceded in death by her parents, John H. Howell and Ruby D. Howell, her sister, Evelyn Howell, brothers Robert S. Howell and Henry A. Howell, she is survived by husband of 50 years, William B. Harrison; sons, William B. Harrison Jr. and Glen A. Harrison both of Hampton; her sister, Ruth Rice of Hampton, and brother, Linwood Howell of Houston, Texas. Mollie graduated from Newport News High School in 1951. She started a career in banking, which she continued for over 30 years of dedicated service. She was the wife and soul mate to her loving husband and a dedicated mom and mentor to her sons. She always put her family first, providing support and invaluable lessons helping them grow and achieve their goals. She had a very special relationship with her son Glen, which will live forever. A former member of the Orcutt Baptist Church in Newport News, she transferred her membership to the Foxhill Road Baptist Church in Hampton. She was very involved with her church circle. She also volunteered with the Parents Auxiliary at Sarah Bonwell Hudgins in Hampton. She had a number of hobbies which included gardening, sewing, walking, and riding her bike, in addition to activities with her family. There were not many times when she was not involved in some project, as it was hard to relax with all of her vibrant level of energy. Mollie was a survivor of breast cancer for over 9 years. Her last battle with cancer started in Jan 2005 and has been a heck of a roller coaster ride. She had a few highs during that time along with a number of lows. Her family was always there for her. She even continued to take an occasional bike ride when the energy level was there. She will be remembered as a wife and soul mate to her husband, a super mom and mentor to her sons and a person who touched many lives. She has been an inspiration to her family through her journey over the past 18 months. Thanks to all of the people who have prayed for Mollie and sent cards, etc., especially the BYKOTA church class. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home Chapel by Dr. Albert A. Peverall Jr. and Dr. William R. May. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Virginia Peninsula of ARC, 1 Singleton Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 or the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 17, 2006
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