Regina Mae Harrison
Regina Mae Harrison passed peacefully while sleeping on August 21, 2015. She was the first of six children born to Fay and Anna Howrey of Denver, Colorado. She was born prematurely, which left her with an 85 percent hearing loss, but she never let that stop her from having a joyful life. At three she begin attending special classes for the deaf and hearing impaired at Evans School in Denver, where she learned to read lips. This talent at times could be very informative if you wanted to know what was being said behind the scenes of everyday life or on the TV. In honesty, it allowed her to be a fully functioning happy adult and not isolated due to her handicap.
Regina met the love of her life, Friend C. C. Harrison in the Hard of Hearing Club and they were married in December 1946. Two daughters were born to this union, Cheryl Harrison and JoAnn Harrison Guill. Her girls were the focus of her life, particularly after the death of her husband in 1961. Regina had a gift for loving children and raised her daughters to love and appreciate life to the fullest. Both went on to become caring, successful individuals, of which she was very proud. Regina worked hard her entire life at a number of different jobs — starting at Remington Arms during WWII and finally retiring from the Denver Dry Goods.
Everyone who knew her could not help but love her; she was such a special person with a genuine, caring outlook that was expressed in her smile, as her eyes would light up whenever friends or family came to visit. She never complained about anything, was thankful for everything and was always willing to help others in any way she could.
She would not want us to be saddened by her death, since she believed she would see us all again one day. Regina was preceded in death by her husband Friend, mother and father, brothers William and James Howrey, and her sister Shirley Howrey Moore. She is survived by daughters Cheryl Harrison and JoAnn Harrison Guill, her sister Roberta Howrey Schleppy, her brother Fay Howrey, and multitude of nieces and nephews. And we do mean a multitude!
We will all miss her greatly.
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