Mary E. Harrison, age 86, died early Tuesday morning, February 11, 2014, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
She was born July 19, 1927, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Lorenzo Downs Gilmore and Verlie (Hill) Swanky Gilmore. She attended the College of the Ozarks and Friends Teaching College, receiving her teaching certificate. She was an elementary school teacher for many years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Beam Senior Center, and the Golden Notes. Mary enjoyed music and produced “Stroll Down Broadway” for the Beam Senior Center.
On May 27, 1949, she married Jean Giessmann. The couple later divorced and she later married William Harrison.
She is survived by:
A son, Brent Thurston Giessmann of Arlington, Massachusetts
Two daughters, Brenda Giessmann Allred of Burley, Idaho
Linda Giessman Standard of Meade, Kansas
Four grandchildren, Blake Standard, Madison Giessmann, Kelle Allred,
& Jacob Giessmann
She is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Brian Gilmore Giessman; a grandson, Brian Allred; a brother, L.D. Gilmore, Jr.; and two sisters, Vera Mae “Sis” Gilmore Wilborn and Myrtle Lorraine “Aunite Mike” Gilmore Sawhill.
Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, Meade, with the Reverend Gordon Paulsen presiding. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Beam Senior Center in care of the funeral home.