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.

Friday, February 19, 2016

My memories of Grandma Goose

While I have many fond memories of Grandma Goose, my favorites will always be those on the golf course. Every trip to southern California was something to look forward to, as I knew it would include lots of time with Grandma on the greens at Sun Lakes. And it wasn’t just the golf that I looked forward to, but the way I felt while playing with her. She bragged about me at every opportunity to her friends as we passed, and was always so positive about my game, whether I played well or not. She instilled so much confidence in me!

The golf highlight of my life came on a trip with Grandma to the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Arizona- by far the nicest courses I have ever played, made even better by the great company I shared (Grandma, Stephen, and Marsha). I miss Grandma, but I am comforted to know that I will remember her and our time together every time I reach for my clubs.