Martha L. Harrison, 91 year old lifetime Checotah resident, died
peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 1, 2009 in
She was born on Tuesday, April 17, 1917 in Porum, Oklahoma to T.
E. and Irene Griffey Futrell.
Martha grew up in Porum where she received her education,
graduating from Porum High School in 1934. After graduation, she
attended Connors State College and later Northeastern State University,
where she earned her Bachelors in Education. She taught school in Coweta
for 1 year, before moving to Checotah where she began working at the
bank as a teller.
Martha met, fell in love and later married Eugene Harrison on
Tuesday, November 4, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon. In 1953, she began teaching
in the Checotah Public School system, retiring in 1978. Martha was a
member of the Eastern Star, P.E.O., Oklahoma Educators Assoc., and the
McIntosh County Retired Teachers Assoc. She was member of the First
United Methodist Church of Checotah, where she worked at the church's
mission store, active in the Women's Group and volunteered at the Katy
Depot. After her retirement, she loved to travel, craft, and bake. She
also loved to listen to her church choir and the hand bell choir.
Martha was preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Eugene
"Gene" Harrison; Brothers, T. E. "Ed" Futrell, Jr., and Dick Futrell.
Martha is lovingly survived by her Children, Genie Thompson of
Warner, Ok. Dick Harrison and his special friend, Elsa Mazzuca-Foster of
Chandler, Oklahoma; Her grandchildren, Brian Thompson and wife Mindi,
Jeff Thompson and wife Kelly, Kevin Harrison, Clint Nichols and wife
Tara; Seven Great-grandchildren, Jared Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Lillian
Martha Thompson, Michael Pat Thompson, Morgan K. Thompson, Colton and
Chloe Nichols; other extended family and a host of friends.
In honoring the life of Martha, in lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 36, Checotah,
The family will greet friends 5PM to 7 PM Tuesday, March 3, 2009
at Garrett Family Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend
Wayne Loftin, officiating. Committal prayers and Interment will follow
in Greenlawn Cemetery with Brian Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Kevin
Harrison, Clint Nichols, Jared Thompson and Jacob Thompson serving as
Casket Bearers. Mr. Bob Wright, Lee Stidham, Greg Stidham, Mike Stidham,
and James Swadley will serve as Honorary Casket Bearers.
You may share online condolences with Martha's family @www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.
The family of Martha Harrison entrusted her care and services to
John and Kim Garrett of Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation
Service 311 S.W. 2nd Checotah, Ok. 74426 (918) 473-2244.