Celia M. Harrison, 91, of Moses Lake and a former longtime Sunnyside resident passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010, in Moses Lake.

Celia was born Aug. 28, 1918 in Benton City to Erle Rowley and Camilla (Hoover) Rowley.

She graduated from Kiona-Benton High School in 1936 and from Washington State College (WSU) in 1940 and had one year of graduate school in the field of social work.

Celia worked at the Benton County Welfare Office before her marriage to William H. Harrison in 1943. The couple moved to California and returned to Washington State in 1947.

Celia volunteered as a home service worker for the Red Cross.

Celia was a life member of United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school and was president of United Methodist Women, member of AAUW, Chapter L PEO, Sun-wa Garden Club, Nouvella Club and Tops 522.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Glen) Uhlenkott of Moses Lake; granddaughters, Kristi (Alex) Bryant and Annette (Dan) Uhlenkott-Trippel; great-granddaughters, Annika Trippel and Grace Trippel; and two nieces, Carol Foulks and Nancy Stuller.

Celia was preceded in death by her husband, William Harrison; her parents; one sister; and one brother.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, April 16, 2010, from 9 a.m. until noon followed by funeral service at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Celia's memory may contribute to the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside. Those wishing to sign Celia's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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