Mary Ruth Harrison

May 10, 1925September 13, 2018

During the early morning hours of September 13, 2018, Mary Ruth Harrison passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born May 10, 1925 in Denora, Pennsylvania to the late John Coffey and the late Vida Henson Coffey. The family moved a few months later to Ellijay, Georgia where she lived until she graduated from Ellijay High School. After graduation, Mary Ruth moved to Atlanta to attend Secretarial School and was hired as a stenographer at Southeastern Underwriters, where she commuted to work on the Atlanta trackless trolleys. She met her future husband, Richard Arthur Harrison, Sr., while he was in his senior year at Georgia Tech. He graduated in June 1948, and they were married the next day. He went to work for IBM, and together they moved to Mobile, Alabama. During his successful career the family lived in a variety of places, settling in Atlanta in 1972. Mrs. Harrison was a faithful member of Sandy Springs Christian Church from 1972 until her passing.

She was a devoted mother of three and a homemaker, who was actively involved in community charities. She played an important role in her children's lives as well as her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s lives. She always had meaningful words of wisdom, a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. She never knew a stranger and made friends wherever she went. She loved to cook and was known for her famous pecan pie. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing often with friends. Mrs. Harrison was blessed with 93 years of a wonderful and vibrant life. She will be missed by her family and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Harrison Sr., three of her siblings, Nolan Coffey, Gene Coffey, and Venice Kinter.

Surviving her are her brother, Johnny Coffey, her daughters, Lynn Harrison Hermann and Cindy Elizabeth Conner (Jeremy), and her son, Richard Arthur Harrison, Jr. (Kathleen). Her grandchildren, Richard Harrison III, Brent Harrison, Lindsay Boseman, Kristin Goin, Jason Gshwandtner, Jeff Gshwandtner and Matthew Stewart and 8 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd. NW. Sandy Springs, GA. 30328. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sandy Springs Christian Church.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Barbara Coffey

September 18, 2018

So many good memories. Vacations together- family visits.Ruth was a classy lady who loved people and loved life. Richard, Lynn, Cindy and family- so sorry for your loss but a Mother’s love never dies.
Rest In Peace my sweet sister-in-law. So glad we got to say our goodbyes.
I will miss you.

Pamela Jones

September 18, 2018

Mary Ruth was such a lovely lady…and with a twinkle in her eye. I was a neighbor at the condo complex, I liken her to our own neighborhood Betty White - she was always kind, funny, compassionate, classy, caring, and social - we knew she always wanted to host our Christmas party! At one gathering at the pool, it started to rain; I asked my son to bring an umbrella to the pool so she could walk home protected, she was so appreciative…it was a lovely, sweet moment with my son and Mary Ruth.
She will always be an inspiration to me, an example of living life to its fullest. Although Heaven may have gained an angel, we will miss her here.
Many best wishes of peace and comfort to the entire family.

Stella Depson

September 17, 2018

Halloween night, giving out candy, with you there helping! Upbeat and always going. You were a joy to be around, funny, and always a positive attitude. Lunch time, never had to many, but the one we did have, we enjoyed! I will miss you, your voice and your precious smile. RIP Ruth!

Kathy Conner

September 16, 2018

Mary Ruth was a very special lady and a good friend to me . She always had a positive attitude even to the very end when she told me goodbye Labor Day weekend. She was very thoughtful and loved to visit with friends . She was a wealth of knowledge and would always make you smile . I consider myself blessed for having her in my life these past 16+ years. I will miss her and her smiling face! Rest In Peace Mary Ruth! Love Kathy Conner