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Obituary: Nancy Jo Harrison, TALLAHASSEE, Fla.

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Nancy Jo Harrison, 69, was born Aug. 12, 1944, in Franklin at Johnson County Hospital, and passed away on Nov. 20, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.

She was married to Sterling “Buddy” Harrison, June 3, 1978, at Ochlockonee River State Park in Sopchoppy, Fla.

Nancy graduated from Whiteland High School, class of 1962, and did her continuing education at Tallahassee Community College.

She retired after 35-plus years with FDLE and became a Mary Kay consultant/dealer.

She was an avid advocate of trap, neuter and release programs for feral cats and was vice president of Its Meow or Never (IMON), the animal aid spay and neuter center, and was also active in the local Humane Society.

Nancy was the rock of our family, the center — beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and always friend to so many. She lived life! Her caring nature drove her to get involved in animal rights. One of her favorite spots, Mexico Beach, Fla., was a regular family retreat.

“Take care of family first” was a frequent saying. Her leadership abilities and friendliness made her a success with Mary Kay.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Sterling G. Harrison Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; sons and daughters, John Manis and Sterling G. Harrison III, both of Tallahassee, Fla., Alyson and Raymond Younkin of Milton, Fla., Michelle and Dave Ciabotti of Tallahassee, Fla.; sister and family, Janet and Jerry Waddell of Dothan, Ala., Nathan Johnson of Apopka, Fla., Jennifer and Scott Snyder of Winnetka, Calif.; brother and family, Jerry and Mary Ann Martin and Connie Cannon of Tallahassee, Fla., and Benjamin and Courtney Cannon of Thomasville, Ga.; and grandchildren, Jessica Manis, Hensley Harrison, Skyler Harrison, Joshua Manis, Mary Lyda Harrison, Kristie Jo Manis, all of Tallahassee, Fla.

She was predeceased by her son, Blanchard D. Harrison; and her parents, Betty J. and Frank Cox — all of whom lived in Tallahassee, Fla.; and niece Robin Ann Stinson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel, in Tallahassee, Fla., with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Tallahassee Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to www.itsmeowornever.com.

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