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Marian Todd Harrison, 71, died very unexpectedly in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Jan. 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was a loving, dedicated wife, mother and Grammy. She was born Sept. 30, 1946, to Paul and Clara Todd. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Janet Paullus; aunt, Mary Jane Rice; and a much beloved grandson, Hunter Max Harrison.
She married Don Harrison on June 22, 1968, and was looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this June. Survivors include her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and David Boor; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Mandy Harrison; grandchildren, Dylan Boor, Katie Boor, Hannah Harrison, Lucas Harrison and Claire Harrison; brother-in-law, David Harrison and his wife Donna, and his daughters, Autumn, Amber and Sarah; and cousins, Nancy Teal, Ann Hodson and Betsy Smith.
Marian loved family traditions, especially fixing family meals for holidays and birthdays, baking Christmas cookies to share with family and friends, and herb gardening, and she was a voracious reader. Her greatest joy was being Grammy. She loved to watch her grandchildren in all of their activities: soccer, football, baseball, cheerleading, dance, horseback riding and volleyball.
After graduating from Staunton High School in 1964, Marian attended Indiana State University where she received her BS and MS, in education. She then spent the next 40 years working for Clay Community Schools as a fourth-grade teacher and later as a librarian.
Marian was very active in the community. She was a devoted member to the First Presbyterian Church where she served in various positions including elder and 18 years as director of Christian education. She was a member of Tri Kappa for over 50 years. Marian was also involved in Woman's Reading Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and was a founding member of the Clay County 100 Women Who Care. She was a life member of the ISU alumni association as well as a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ISU.
Marian's visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the French Funeral Home in Brazil, Indiana. The services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow the service at Summit Lawn Cemetery. For those desiring to make a contribution in Marian's memory, the family suggests donations to Hunting with Hunter Scholarship Fund, 5089 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834, or any other cause that is dear to your heart. Envelopes will be available at the visitation and service. To light a candle in her memory, visit:
Published on February 2, 2018
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