Ella Olivia Jenkins Harrison, 100, passed on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Brookside Assisted Living, Stone Mountain, GA. She was born in Abbeville, SC to the late Peter and Ella Washington Jenkins.
Ella attended Bethune Cookman College. She graduated from Allen University with a BA in education, and Lander University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree majoring in Library Science. She furthered her education graduating from Clemson University with her Masters of Education. She was an elementary school teacher, school librarian, and an adult education teacher for approximately 60 years.
Ella was a devoted and faithful member of Saint James AME Church. Also known as ‘Mother of the Church,’ she is recognized in the church’s “Hall of Fame.” She served as a member of the Jr. Stewardess, Stewardess, Booster Club, Missionary Board, Usher Board, Church Treasurer, and as a Sunday & Vacation Bible School teacher. She was also a great help as director of the Tracy Jackson Summer Food Program.
Ella leaves to cherish her memories; one daughter, Claudelle (Ted) Thomas of Stone Mountain, GA; one granddaughter, Hillary (Tacuma Standfield) Thomas of Atlanta, GA; one great grandson, Rodney Latham, III of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Harrison; her parents, Peter and Ella Washington Davis; one brother, Albert Henry Jenkins; two sisters, Juanita Fannie Adams and Lucia Mae Robinson.
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