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April 19, 2014

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Lucy Harrison

Published: 10/15/2013

Lucy Harrison

Died: Oct. 13, 2013

Lucy Harrison, age 93, of Mosheim, passed away Sunday at Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville.

She was born May 22, 1920, the eldest child and only daughter of Jack and Stella Campbell Kesterson. Her early years were spent with her five brothers in the McDonald and Mohawk communities of Greene County.

In 1936, she married Ervin Harrison and they moved to Mosheim, which she proudly called home the remainder of her life. They had a son, Winston, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Peggy.

She was a member of McMillan Church but faithfully attended Mosheim Central United Methodist Church as long as her health permitted.

Lucy loved working in her yard and flowers, her roses being a special source of pride. She was a wonderful cook, known especially for her biscuits, blackberry cobblers and chocolate pies.

She was an accomplished seamstress, a skill which served her well into her later years. She could often be seen mending a tear, repairing a hem or replacing a button for her caregivers at the nursing home.

Many family members and friends are blessed with the gift of her beautiful handmade quilts.

She was a mother to many, totally devoted to family and a role model in her relationship as wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Always ready to reach out to anyone in need, she will be sadly missed.

She loved children, and among her most cherished memories were the years she volunteered at Mosheim School. She was a staunch believer in the importance of education and often repeated, "Education is something no one can take away from you."

She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law: Peggy and Joey Prichard of Greeneville; her granddaughter: Rebecca Baker and her husband, Brian, and her great-grandson: Jacob Baker, all of Morristown; a special nephew: Billy Kesterson of Bean Station; Linda Kay Long, whom she loved and raised as her own child; a brother: John Kesterson of Kalamazoo, Mich.; many loving nieces and nephews; and Autumn, Cody, and Kylie Malone, Dale Long, and other cherished friends.

In addition to her parents and infant son, she was preceded in death by her husband: Ervin Harrison, who died in 1982, and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Cleave Kesterson, Bud and Hazel Kesterson, Frank and Ailene Kesterson, Ralph and Lillie Kesterson, and Beatrice Kesterson.

The family expressed their grateful appreciation to friends, her extended church family at Mosheim Central, the Ladies Prayer Group and Ministry of Brown Springs for their support, cards, and visits through the year and their pastors for their support; devoted neighbors Judy and Terry Renner, Debbie Swift, and the late Carrie and Albert Lowery; and sincere appreciation for the care and affection shown not only to Lucy but to her family by the staff of Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 7 p.m. in the chapel. The Rev. Donna Waddle and the Rev. Paul Ragan will officiate.

Committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mosheim Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the building fund of Mosheim Central UM Church.

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