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Brenda Laurette Harrison
Brenda Laurette HarrisonBlockOBrenda Laurette Harrison, 65 of Richwood, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving and devoted family.

She was born December 26, 1951 in Columbus to Robert and Marylou (Matlack) Harrison and grew up on the family farm near Richwood.  She was active in 4-H and the Essex (Rush Creek) United Methodist Church.  She loved flowers and helped in the garden for as long as she was able.  Brenda was diagnosed with Freidreichs Ataxia in her early teens.  A 1970 graduate of North Union High School, she then attended The Ohio State University in Marion.  Brenda was one of the first students using a wheelchair to live independently on The Ohio State University Campus.  She achieved a Bachelor of Science in History at OSU and was a devout BUCKEYE.

She was cared for in her mother and father’s home. Brenda outlived her original prognosis by 30 plus years, due to the loving care her parents provided.  She always showed courage, compassion, and grace. She was kind and thoughtful to everyone.  Brenda had her little dog, Rose always by her side.

She was predeceased by her Mother Marylou Harrison in March 2007. Brenda is survived by her Father Robert Harrison, Richwood, sisters, Beth (Scott) Keith, Kansas City Missouri; Marty (Lynne Kirby) Harrison, Powell; Barbara (Pat Gordon) Harrison, Athens; nephews, Drew Keith, Seoul Korea; Daniel Wasserman, Athens; a niece, Hannah (Sean) Stephenson, Greeley Colorado.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home Richwood where friends may call one hour prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 PM.  Burial will follow in Radnor Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance (www.curefa.org), 533 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. To make a gift by phone, call 484-879-6160.

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#1 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Brenda was a very special person. God received a very loving angel. Know you are all in my prayers.

#2 from: Beverly Sekella
Belle Center Ohio
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 4:47 PM

In memory and in celebration of Brenda and the example she gave us; a beautiful lady who made this world a brighter and better place. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

With sympathy and love,
Beverly (Waters) Sekella

#3 from: Deb Oberdier Farrington
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM

I remember Brenda well, just living down the road from us. I am very sorry for your loss.

#4 from: Ellen Dettra Kunst
Holland, Ohio
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM

My deepest sympathy to Brenda's family at this sad time.  I have fond memories of her from grade school through her years at Ohio State and admired her courage, perseverance and kindness ... truly very special.
Sending prayers and love,
Ellen Dettra Kunst

#5 from: Janet McKnight Mangini
Columbus, Ohio
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 9:06 PM

Beth and Family, so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. She is a beautiful spirit who will be remembered by those she touched for her courage and kindness. I remember her being at OSU the same time as me, working out how she would manage her independence; she succeeded nicely. Sending my sympathies and love to all...Janet

#6 from: Tracy and Dawn Kavanagh
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 10:37 PM

Bob and Family, we are so saddened to hear the news, but we will keep you all in our prayers for God's grace and comfort to be on all of you.

#7 from: Rebecca George
Richwood, Ohio
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 9:07 AM

My condolences to the Harrison family.  My mother, Olidel Blue, always thought so much of Brenda.  Peace be with you.  

#8 from: Peggy Jamison
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Such a sweet soul!!  Prayers for comfort for family!

#9 from: Elaine Newsom
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 4:16 PM

What a special friend Brenda was,wwwwwith our computer chats which were awesome.i will sure miss them,God received a wonderful angel,with a beautiful smile,prayers to the family.

#10 from: Nancy
LaRue, Ohio
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Oh Shoot!  I'm so sorry.  I admired Brenda's kind spirit and up-beat nature.  She made me laugh so much and it was a privilege to work with her.  One of the nicest people and families that I have had the opportunity to work for.  Brenda will be greatly missed.  Have so many pleasant memories of Brenda.  Prayers of grace and comfort to Bob and family.

#11 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Bob and Family so very sorry for the passing of Brenda she was always a very delightful woman.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#12 from: Ted and Susie Kavanagh
Richwood, OH
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Bob, so very sorry for your loss of Brenda.  Continued prayers for you and your family.  

#13 from: Christie Hunter (Henderson)
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 12:05 PM

My heart and prayers are with the family. I remember the bus  stopping and picking up Brenda. She was always a blessing to all that knew her. Rest my friend.

#14 from: Sherry Northrup Pirics
Sidney, Ohio
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 8:03 PM

Beth so sorry for your lose. Prayers with you and your family.

#15 from: The Arnold Riedel Family
Sycamore, OH and Jackson, WY
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Dearest Harrisons,
It is with fondest memories of Brenda that I write this message for the family. Visits in Richwood and Sycamore of the Harrisons were always joyful and much treasured.  Brenda was a gentle, fun loving woman and a gift to us all.  Our hearts go out to you and the profound legacy that Brenda left to us all will always be a part of us, one and all.  Love the Riedels
Arnold, Alice, Galen and Cynthia

#16 from: Janet Dysert
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 9:34 PM

To Brenda's family. Have thought about you and sorry we had prior commitments. I remember Brenda and my brother in a Christmas program at Jackson. A cute little red head. And later such a brave graduate. And I don't think I ever saw her without a smile.Take care.

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