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Azile Dotson Harrison of McKinney, Texas, passed peacefully away on Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 98.
She was born on April 5, 1918, in Summerfield, Texas, to Henry Westbrook and Kittie Bell Dotson. She grew up in Summerfield and Jacksonville surrounded by her six brothers, three sisters, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She graduated from Jacksonville High School and later attended Lon Morris Jr. College. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During her career she taught Home Economics at Jacksonville High School and later spent 39 years as the preeminent Dietician at Nan Travis Hospital. As dietician, Azile not only planned meals for all patients, but arranged all banquets and special events. She attended the Corinth Road Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School.
Throughout her life, even at almost 99, she was always ready to go have a good time. Whether it was a trip to Canton, a day at the shopping mall, or an event with the grandchildren or great grandchildren she was always ready to go. She was especially known for her outstanding cooking skills. Many wonderful meals, reunions, and parties were enjoyed by the families she loved.
Azile is survived by her daughters, Ginger Harrison of McKinney, Texas, and Jan Gerick and husband, Joe, of Prosper, Texas; grandchildren Chris Hood and wife Jennifer, Ted Gerick and wife Jaime, and Joseph Gerick; five great grandchildren Grover Hood, Avery Hood, Clara Hood, Kayla Gerick, and Kendal Gerick.
She is preceded in death by her husband, C.W Harrison, parents Henry Westbrook and Kittie Bell Dotson, brothers Harmon Dotson, Travis Dotson, Roy Dotson, Allen Dotson, Floyd Dotson, Clifford Dotson, and sisters Mildred Davis, Ima Smith, and Cora Wiley.
Azile Harrison was an exceptional mother, friend, and grandmother. She leaves behind a legacy of love.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 2:00 in the chapel of the Boren - Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Texas. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. 1702 North Collins Blvd. #170, Richardson, Texas 75080
Published on January 20, 2017
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