Share your memories of Mary Ann by Marcia

My mother, Mary Ann Harrison, was so many extraordinary things - loving mother and grandmother, devoted daughter, sister, cousin, friend, Dental Care provider, political activist and fundraiser, party planner and caterer, golfer, antique collector, community volunteer, traveler. bridge player, and hostess...She lived her life with gusto and glee, leaving her indelible mark everywhere she went. She was also a lover of stories and conversation; there was never a moment that couldn’t be made better with a good, long talk. She was the gregarious center of attention, and people were drawn to her in a very special way. Perfect strangers would tell “Big Red” their life’s stories, and she relished every detail. She also loved to tell tales from her own life. I learned the names of her childhood haunts and friends, ex boyfriends, old teachers and former colleagues as if they were characters in a favorite book. For my mother, sharing stories was a way of building community, confirming values, and laying the groundwork for life change.
I truly believe that someone, somewhere needs to hear your story to effect change in their life. Isak Dineson once said, “to be a person is to have a story to tell”. I hope that many of you, her family and friends, will use this blog to share stories and the memories you have of my mother.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To Mary Ann by Mary Baines

Like it was yesterday, I remember our first meeting. I had announced I was running for a spot on the Sun Lakes Master Board at an assembly of SLCC members. You stopped by my chair ever so quickly and gave me a bump on the shoulder and said," If you want a campaign manager let me know."

I called you the next day and we've had a deep friendship ever since.

We had so many good times over the years. With me listening about your family, and telling you about mine. A special time came when my cousin Pat visited me - you and Suzy came to dinner at my home and we talked about all things spiritual. What a smile you had that night, you radiated.

I love your family - Marcia, Suzy, Chuck and his wife Chris and all your precious grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rest in peace my friend and don't forget to contact me - I'm waiting.
I miss you so much!!