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Dorothy M. Harrison

September 4, 1920 ~ August 10, 2021 (age 100)


Dorothy M. Harrison, 100, of Oakwood, IL, passed away at 10:40pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. She was born in Oakwood, IL on September 4, 1920, the daughter of Raymond and Ercel Liggett. Dorothy married the love of her life John W. Harrison Sr., and they spent many wonderful years together before his passing in 1970.


Dorothy is survived by her children John W. (Lora) Harrison Jr., Sandra (Steve) Meade, and Debra (Tom) Hicks; grandchildren, Bruce (Karen) Harrison, Tyron (Pamela) Harrison, Brett (Maria) Harrison, Aaron (Erin) Harrison, Paige (Scott) Beaulin, David (Cindy) Ronk, Mac (Danelle) Meade, Shane Meade, Doug (RaeAnn) Ronk, Scott (Missy) Meade, Jenna Hicks and Kyle Hicks; as well as twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by special friends, Lucy Krabbe of Danville, Sue Moudy of Fairmount, Dortha Wade of Oakwood, and Mary Lou Witmer of Oakwood.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ercel Liggett, husband, John W. Harrison Sr. and brother, Keith Liggett.


Dorothy graduated from Oakwood High School in 1938 before attending cosmetology school in Champaign, Illinois. She worked as a beautician in her home salon until 1968.  In 1969, she became a cook at Oakwood Grade School where she retired after 21 years. 


Dorothy devoted her life to her family and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren.  She loved to cook and was passionate about baking, offering anyone stopping by her house a delicious homemade treat.  She was famous for her popcorn balls, as evidenced by the line outside her house every Halloween. She enjoyed sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini Basketball fan.  She was also a member of the Oakwood Methodist Church and the Oakwood American Legion Auxiliary.


A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 12pm on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Oakwood, Illinois 105 East S. Main St. Oakwood, Illinois 61858 with Pastor Patti Wise and Pastor Trevor Oetting officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 am to 12 pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.


Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Oakwood High School Booster Club or the Oakwood Methodist Church.  Please join Dorothy’s family in sharing memories and photos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

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August 14, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunset Oakwood Chapel

Funeral Service
August 14, 2021

12:00 PM
Sunset Oakwood Chapel

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