Martha Harrison

1920 - 2013


Martha Harrison

Oct. 21, 1920 — July 20, 2013

Martha E. Harrison, 92, a longtime resident of Milton-Freewater, died July 20, 2013, in College Place. Her husband, Ray Harrison, passed away on July 13, 2013.

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were held July 22, 2013, 10 a.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church. Interments were at the Mt. View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Contributions can be made to the Grace Presbyterian Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. To leave a condolence online visit

Martha Evelyn Harrison was born in Walla Walla on Oct. 21, 1920, to William and Susan Boatright Phillips of Umapine. The family had moved from Arkansas to farmland in this area, and Martha was the youngest of five children.

Martha later moved with her parents to Milton Freewater and graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1940. In June of that year she married Ray Harrison, and they recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. While Ray was in the Army Air Cops in World War II, Martha worked at Milton Drug for Faye and Jess Staggs.

For most of her life Martha was a homemaker and a center of her extended family. She took great pride in her home and garden and enjoyed needlework, playing piano and caring for her many nieces and nephews. Martha was also a regular visitor to the ill and elderly in the community. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir there for many years.

Martha’s husband, Ray, died on July 13, 2013. She was also preceded by sisters, Thelma Gentry and Clytie Mackey of Pendleton and Kathleen Steen of Tigard Ore.; and brother, Harry Phillips of Milton-Freewater. She is survived by nieces and nephews including Susan Bolling of Weston, Nancy Lieuallen of Tigard, Patricia Iverson of Lake Oswego, Ore., Cathy Johnson of Kennewick, Don Harrison of Pendleton, Jim Harrison of Milton-Freewater and Bill Hopper of Portland. To leave a condolence online visit


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