SharaLee Jeppsen Harrison, our devoted mother, left this life at age eighty-one on December 7, 2019, in Logan, Utah. She was born April 2, 1938 in Brigham City, Utah, the only child of Edna Poulsen Jeppsen and Martello Frederick Jeppsen. A devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, musician, homemaker, gardener, and friend to many.
Her childhood was spent in Brigham City and Corrine, Utah. She attended Box Elder High School and then went on to Brigham Young University where she met Russell David Harrison from Whittier, California (preceded in death January 2019). They worked together in the audiovisual department, rewinding and delivering film reels to Professors on campus. They began their courtship with the ROTC Ball and were married in the Logan Temple on September 10, 1958. David’s commission as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force soon led SharaLee on a tour of United States far from her Utah home and her mother. But before they left, they became parents of a daughter, Leesa Ann (Hamblin), who began the journey with them.
The Air Force moved them to Florida, Nebraska (where Paul David, Angela (Stone), and Charles Martin were born), Montana (where Heidi Lee (Wolfe), and David Lorenzo joined the family), California ( Christopher Michael was born), Alabama (Julianne (Clawson), and Amy Sue (Veer)), and California once again (Mylinda Esther (Mortensen). In Colorado, SharaLee and David became grandparents for the first time. They returned to Utah when David retired, finally living near SharaLee’s mother.
SharaLee was an accomplished pianist and organist, accompanying choirs and soloists, leading choirs, and writing original music. She loved homemaking and gardening and nature. In California, she brought her children to the nearby beach to share her love of the treasures of the sea. In Alabama, her joy was in her big turn of the century home that she loving restored with David. In Brigham City she found joy in the view of the Mountains from the balcony of her second turn of the century home, lovingly remodeled. Her garden was also her delight, and where her family and friends knew they could find sugar-snap peas, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, apples, roses, and her.
She found joy and long-lasting friendship serving and worshiping in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When their children had all left the home, SharaLee and David served a mission to Leon, Spain (2000) and VaVa’u, Tonga (2006). They kept their Spanish and Tongan friendships close to their hearts.
In 2017, SharaLee and David were welcomed into their daughter, Angela Stone’s home in Smithfield, Utah where SharaLee continued to share her music and love for her family.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1:00pm. A Viewing will be held from 11:00am – 12:30pm at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City. Private Interment in Smithfield, Utah Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at myers-mortuary.com