Phyllis R. Harrison (Hines), Brainerd, MN passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022. She will be remembered as a loving and compassionate person, touching countless lives over her 98 years.
Phyllis was born on September 23, 1923 in Cumberland, Wisconsin. In 1943, she enlisted in the US Navy WAVES as a member of the hospital corps. While stationed at the Naval Air Base in Grosse Ile, MI, she met her future husband, Roger Harrison, who was based there as a Navy pilot.
Her greatest joy in life was love for her six children. Throughout her 98 years, she enjoyed painting, music, bird watching, flower gardening, reading and travelling. She had a deep passion and admiration for wildlife and nature. Her fondest memories are those she spent with her family and friends back home in Gull Lake. Phyllis’ presence will continue to touch people’s lives every time you hear a bird sing or embrace the beauty of a blooming garden.
Phyllis is survived by six children: Jacqui (Todd Fischer) Knudsen; Nancy (Jack) Malo; Patty (Dan) Surah; John (Valerie) Harrison; Joni (Ken) Lee; Jim (Amy) Harrison, as well as twelve grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by his brothers Ben and Jim; and his sister-in-law Jean Widmark. Predeceased by her husband and soulmate of 68 years, Roger Harrison, her parents Boyd & Ruth Hines, her brothers Bruce and Eugene, her sister Barbara and her stepmother, Helen. A private family service will be held, after which Phyllis will be interred next to her husband at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. A special thank you to the dedicated staff at Edgewood Vista where Phyllis has lived for the past 7 years. Caring for Phyllis and her family Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home