Harrison, Mabel Schroeder (Mrs. Hatley Norton)



February 20, 1888-April 23, 1969
                On the still, quiet morning of April 23, 1969, a dear friend and faithful laborer in Christ’s Kingdom, Mrs. Mabel Schroeder Harrison, slipped quietly away from earth’s toils.
                Mabel Harrison was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 20, 1888, the daughter of Alice Jane Hamilton and Richard Lamb Schroeder. She was married on July 18, 1905, to the Reverend Hatley Norton Harrison, and of that union four children were born: Alice Butler Harrison, who preceded her in death; Hatley N. Harrison, Jr. of Baton Rouge; Mynn Harrison of New Orleans; and Weeks T. Harrison of  Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 
                During the thirty-one years of the itinerant ministry that carried her and her husband to pastorates in New Orleans, Lafayette, New Iberia and Franklin until his death in 1936, she was in every way a faithful helper and devoted companion “in sickness and in health”. Although her first interest lay in the welfare of her husband and children at all times, she nevertheless was a ready and capable worker in every phase of the church program. Her instant service and gentle spirit brought to her an ever increasing host of admiring friends wherever her husband was assigned during his ministry. In her declining years, after her husband’s death, she lived in New Orleans and continued her loyal devotion to all interests of the Kingdom and was a faithful worker in Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church.
                Mabel Harrison will long be remembered for her gentle nature and loving concern for others. She made friends easily and kept them through the years. Hers was an attractive and neat personality, which made it easy for her to grace every occasion when she was called upon for service. Because of her friendliness, people brought to her their varied problems and found in her understanding, sympathy, and the help which they sought. I know of no sweeter devotion in the home. To her the bonds of marriage were sacred and permanent, and in the bonds as wife and mother she was happy.
                Funeral services were held in Hannah Chapel of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church of New Orleans on April 24, 1969, with the Reverend Dr. B. A. Galloway in charge. Her remains were tenderly placed to rest beside those of her deceased husband in Live Oak Cemetery, Pass Christian, Mississippi. She had indeed “finished her course” upon this earth, but “henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness” for work well done and a life well lived.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1969; p. 229       By Benedict A. Galloway

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