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Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2014

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CHARLOTTE ANNIE HARRISON (WILLIAMS) Charlotte Harrison, in her 95th year, after a full and active life, at her residence at St. Paul's Personal Care Residence in The Pas, Manitoba on September 16, 2014. Born at Manitou, Manitoba, Charlotte moved with her family to Laurier, Manitoba in 1935 at the age of 15 years. It was here that she met and married her husband of 41 years, James Elymer Harrison. Together they raised seven children. Family has always been so very important to both our parents, and now as we remember our mother with love, and with beautiful and affirming memories, we also celebrate the person she was, the life she lived with grace and goodness, and the loving force she has been and will continue to be in our lives. Mourning her death are Elaine (Murray) Wilson, Mel (Elaine Wilson), Cherlyn (Dennis) Cain, Wayne (Maureen Patterson), Barbara (Gary) Rasmussen, Gord (Janice Wells), Kathleen (Colin) Campbell, and her former daughter-in-law, Susan Soucy Harrison. Also remembering their grandmother with love are her grandchildren, Dana Wilson-Li, Jeff Wilson, Rhonda Harrison Potter, Leanne Harrison Forbes, Darryl Harrison, Jason Filipchuk, Trevor Cain, Lynda Cain Geswin, Tammy Harrison Hulsmans, Jackie Harrison, Tanya Harrison Bill, Lori Harrison, Shane Rasmussen, Todd Rasmussen, Krista Rasmussen Staruch, Tracy Harrison, Ryan Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Brad Campbell and Stacey Campbell. Charlotte is also survived by 38 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Her many nieces and nephews on both the Williams and Harrison sides of the family were very important to Charlotte and she delighted in opportunities to be with them and to hear about their lives. Charlotte was predeceased by an infant daughter, Deanna Joyce in 1941, by her husband, James Elymer Harrison in 1981, by her parents, Fred and Annie (Atkinson) Williams, by her brothers, George Edgar Williams and David Charles Ross, and a great-granddaughter Stephanie Marie Rasmussen in 2004. As a member of the United Church of Canada for many years, and as a dedicated volunteer in her home communities, Charlotte gave many hours of support to both the church and the community. With Mildred Allan, she was instrumental in establishing the museum in McCreary, MB. Our family thanks the staff of St. Paul's Personal Care Residence, including the Recreation Staff, for their ongoing care and attention to Mom's needs. We are also grateful for the attentive support so kindly given to Mom and to Cherlyn by Valerie (Gamache) and Doug Van Damme, Diane and Ken Kelly, and members of Westminster United Church. We are also grateful for the time given by Cherlyn and Dennis who have been there for Mom in so many ways in these last years. An evening service will take place on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Dobchuk Funeral Home in McCreary. Service of celebration will take place Saturday, September 20, 2:00 p.m. at the McCreary Knox United Church. The pallbearers are Charlotte's grandsons - Jeff Wilson, Darryl Harrison, Jason Filipchuk, Trevor Cain, Shane Rasmussen, Todd Rasmussen, Ryan Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Bradley Campbell. Honorary pallbearers are all those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlotte's name to the to St. Paul's Personal Care Residence in The Pas, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Arthritis Society or a charity of one's choice. Dobchuk Funeral Home, McCreary, Manitoba in care of arrangements. 1-204-835-2004

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 18, 2014

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • I'm very thankful for all the love, awesome memories, and important life lessons she gave me. She was a truly beautiful person. I still miss her. - Posted by: Tanya Bill (Granddaughter) on: Nov 06, 2015

  • Cousin, Sue Anderson-Blodgett, and I had the great honor of meeting Charlotte at the 2007 Harrison Family Reunion which we followed, at her and Elaine's urging, with a 2 day trip to Laurier to visit the (circa 1900) childhood homestead of our grandmother, Stella Fitzpatrick Fabish Lawrence. I've never felt so welcome in anyone's home before going with Elaine and Murray to Charlotte's. Yes - I too will forever remember those amazing sparkly blue eyes, sweet smile, and warm heart and hearth mentioned so many times above. I'll also remember her sweet laugh and laid back "no worries" attitude, including when my bratty male Maltese dog was caught peeing on the side of a chair in her home. Of course I was mortified, but she was so funny and understanding while trying to ease my guilty conscience. Though our encounter was brief, I feel very fortunate just to have been in her company and touched by her graceful presence. - Posted by: Sue Rausch (Simpson/Harrison descendant) on: Oct 18, 2014

  • Dear Elaine and Murray. Words are so inadequate at times of sorrow, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we are extremely sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Bill and Jane Bisson () on: Oct 10, 2014

  • Our deepest condolences to all of the Harrison family. I was so saddened to hear of Charlotte's passing. I have known the Harrison family for over 60 years as they lived 2 miles down the road from my family farm (Ivan & Ida Fizell). There are many memories of going to the Harrison farm to play with everyone as we were growing up - swimming in the creek, skating in the winter, playing ball. And then there was church at Laurier United with Charlotte leading the small choir every Sunday, the Ladies Tea - raising money for the church. Great memories! You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. - Posted by: Ivy-Anne (Fizell) & Tim Mitchell (Friend and former neighbour) on: Sep 25, 2014

  • Kathy you were a wonderful daughter to your mom.sending my condolences to you and your family. may GOD be with each of you in these hours. May your mom rest in peace. - Posted by: nina merkley (friend of kathy s family) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Charlottes family as you travel this journey. I will always remember her with fondness. She had such a zest for life- a true role model to all she met. May she rest in peace. God Bless. - Posted by: Dena and Ed Johnson (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Mrs. Harrison welcomed me into her home on my numerous visits as a teenager with Barb. She always made me feel at home. I will always remember those visits with fond memories. Our love and sincere sympathies to all the family. - Posted by: Gisele and Gilbert L'Heureux (Family friend and neighbor) on: Sep 19, 2014

  • I remember going to Aunt Charlotte's and Uncle Elmer's house through the years and how much warmth and kindness filled their home. This even continued after I had broke one of her brand new dinner plates. She never said a word. Mind you, I think Cousin Karen might have got the rap for that one. Sorry Karen :) Through the years, Aunt Charlotte always without fail, sent a Christmas card and a wonderful letter to my parents and after their passing, she wrote to me. I cherished those letters with all my heart and it really filled a void for me. She was like a 2nd Mom. That showed how big her heart was; even with her big family, she had room for more. I truly wish I could be there for her Celebration of Life but I believe Auntie Charlotte knows how much she is loved. I also believe Auntie Charlotte, you are in a really good place and I hope I have lived up to the high standards you have set on this Earth so that we can all be together one day. - Posted by: Brenda Harrison (Niece) on: Sep 19, 2014

  • The angels, whispering to one another, can find amid their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of "Mother" by Edgar Allan Poe Thinking of you all as you celebrate this wonderful life as well as grieve this huge loss for your family. In our thoughts and prayers, Cindy Nachtigall and family - Posted by: Cindy Nachtigall (Friend to family) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • I have been looking through my Harrison photo albums, seeing Auntie Charlotte's smiling face and twinkling eyes in so many of the pictures. Each picture brings with it so many memories of happy times amidst our very dear and very large family. I will miss her presence, her gentleness, and her kind and loving heart. - Posted by: Karen (Niece) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • Our deepest condolences go out to all of Charlotte's loving family. My memories of Charlotte go back to my early childhood. She was my special older cousin, always so good to me, always a wonderful role model. My whole day was made when someone would say, "You look just like Charlotte." I can only hope that I managed to absorb some of her wonderful attitude towards life as well as some of her kind and generous spirit. She was one of the best and we will all miss her dearly. - Posted by: Ray and Mary (Williams) Hayden (cousin) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • Charlotte Harrison will be fondly remembered by all that were lucky enough to make her acquaintance. Condolences to her family! - Posted by: Lesley Campbell () on: Sep 18, 2014

  • Heaven received another angel when Mrs. Harrison passed, she was a wonderful lady. Our sincere sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Diane and Eric Normore and family (friend of the family) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • I am keeping you all in prayer as you say goodbye to your mother and grandmother. How you will miss her! I hope you find comfort in the memories and the stories of a life well-lived. - Posted by: Debbie Ammeter Sipley (friend) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • Although I never got to meet our cousin Charlotte in person, having established contact with her daughter Elaine and cousin Mary during the last year I have been privileged through photographs and emails to become familiar and 'get to know' our many relations scattered across the magnificent country of Canada. Regrettably, during the last few weeks we were forced to accept that the life of our cousin CHarlotte was slowly slipping away. During that time we have been kept abreast of the situation as it developed in the regular emails sent by both Mary and Elaine. Now Charlotte has passed away we would like to add our condolences to those of all her family and friends but especially to Elaine who, although accepting the seriousness of the situation, has remained steadfast that a miracle might happen and in her everlasting love for her mother. After a long and rewarding life surrounded and supported by her loving family may Charlotte now rest in peace. It is worth noting that with her passing, only five first cousins from the extended Williams family now remain. - Posted by: Michael and Veronica Williams (Cousin) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • I had the privilege of meeting Grandma Harrison this past summer when we went to visit. She truly was a beautiful and amazing person. I am thinking of her wonderful family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Maryanne Gillam () on: Sep 18, 2014

  • I will always remember Grandma as having a smiling face and sparkling blue eyes. She always looked for the best in any situation, and her positivity transferred to all those around her. Love you grandma! - Posted by: Lynda Geswin (Granddaughter) on: Sep 18, 2014

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