A memorial service for Marsha Harrison, 70, of Tyler will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. Doug Baker officiating. The visitation will follow the memorial service at the church. A private burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Harrison passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born February 12, 1949 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Randle A. Yarberry and Sarah Ann (Lee) Yarberry.
Marsha was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church where she participated in the United Methodist Women, Bell Choir and was an integral leader of the Youth Handbell Choir for 20 years. She participated in many Tyler civic organizations including the Tyler Rose Festival, Tyler Chamber of Commerce, the Parks Board, the Transportation Board, the Tyler Symphony League (of which she was twice made Chairman), and the Cattle Barons. She was a member of the Tyler Literary Club, the Mildred Floyd Garden Club and the Four Seasons Garden Club (of which she was President). She was one of the original co-founders of the Discovery Science Place. She was the second recipient of the "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" award from the Tyler Junior League. She was also awarded the United Way "Be a Life Savior" award. She received the Silver Beaver Award bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America, of which she was East Texas Area Council President. She was the President of the Medical Alliance Auxiliary and was involved in the American Red Cross. During the 1960's/Viet Nam era, Marsha was an active member of the USO and performed for troops in Germany, Japan and the Philippines.
Marsha was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her loving family including her husband of 45 years, Dr. Preston E. Harrison M.D.; her mother, Sarah Yarberry; sons, Tofer Harrison and wife Christine, Robert Randle Harrison and wife Hannah; grandchildren, Anne, Margaret, Alexandria, and Preston Lee; sister, Linda Ann Bragg and husband David; brother, Lee Yarberry and wife Olita; nieces, Cheri Castleberry, Karen Haddon, and Kristin Bragg; nephews, Eric and Brandon Yarberry.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church - Handbell Choir, 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler, TX 75702.