Obituary of Jacqueline Harrison
Eleanor Jacqueline Croston Harrison 83, child of God, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother has completed her earthly chores and gone to her heavenly home.
“Jackie” was born September 19, 1934 in Morgantown to the late Helen (McGee) and Guy Croston. She began piano lessons at age 5, later expanding to band instruments and performing in the Morgantown Junior High, Morgantown High and WVU bands, as well as WVU Orchestra. She earned a Master’s degree in Music, and while attending the music school she studied the organ and met the love of her life H. Summers Harrison. She married Summers in October 1955 – she taught music in the public schools in Richmond, Virginia, while Summers completed his medical training to become a pediatrician. Jackie and Summers spent ten years in the military, including three years in Augsburg Germany, before settling in Morgantown with their three children – Jeannine Louise Powell, David Summers, and Laura Suzanne and husband James C. Shiver.
Jackie served in the music ministry of several area churches, working with choirs and playing the organ. At age 43 she added to her education, receiving certification in history and geography. She traveled extensively – Ireland, Egypt, Israel, and Greece. She continued her love of music, and she learned to play the harp at age 50.
One of her great joys in her later years was teaching the Sunday School class at Suncrest United Methodist Church where she also was the church organist for over 18 years. Her approach to life was best summed up as quoted in The Pulse of the Parish – “There is beauty in silence and darkness, and whatever condition I find myself in, I am content.”
The Harrison family wants to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Tammy Cottrell and Barbara Cole, as well as the nurses at Morgantown Hospice and the staff at Monongalia General Hospital, who took such loving care of Jackie in her final years.
Jackie went home to her Lord on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at home, surrounded by the family she loved so well. She is survived by her husband Dr. H. Summers Harrison, three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Suncrest United Methodist Church from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Saturday, July 28, and 3:00– 4:00 PM Sunday, July 29, with funeral service to follow with Pastor Michael Estep officiating. Cremation services will follow. Hastings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Morgantown Hospice 3596 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown, WV 26505.