We are sad to announce that Mrs. Barbara Ann Harrison, 77, of Beltsville, Maryland, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2023, at the White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Barbara was known for her friendly and sincere smile and welcoming spirit. She deeply loved her family, husband, children and grandchildren, and was always there for them with a listening ear and supportive advice. Barbara loved spending time with family and friends, whether in person or on the phone, was her kids’ biggest cheerleaders and loved to spoil her grandchildren. Through the way she dealt with her personal health challenges over the latter portion of her life while almost always remaining positive, while relying on her faith, she demonstrated the true meaning of optimism and perseverance. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Born Barbara Ann Klein on April 5, 1946, in Frederick, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Annabel Klein. She was a graduate of Frederick High School, and subsequently graduated from the University of Maryland in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. After college, Barbara worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), where she worked in the Public Affairs department.
In June of 1974, Barbara married John R. (Jack) Harrison, and they settled in Beltsville, Maryland. They have two children… son, John K. Harrison, and, daughter, Kristina R. Harrison (now Kristina Wiggins). After being a working parent for much of her career, she retired from the Federal government (HEW) with more than thirty years of service. Barbara was also a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Jack Harrison of Beltsville, Maryland; her son, John K. Harrison and his wife Jessica Harrison and grandson Theodore J. Harrison of San Francisco, California; her daughter, Kristina Wiggins and her husband Justin Wiggins and grandsons Noah H. Wiggins and Eli J. Wiggins of South Berwick, Maine; brother-in-law Richard M. Harrison, his wife and her sister-in-law Chrissee Harrison of Hampstead, Maryland, and their children, Laura Streiker and her husband Jerry Streiker, Glen Harrison and his wife Kaitlin Harrison, and Nathan Harrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Annabel Klein, and her brother, Stephan F. Klein.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.