Eula Jayne (Johnson) Harrison
Departed May 1, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida
Eula Jayne (Johnson) Harrison passed into heaven peacefully during the early hours of May 1st, 2023 from her home in Melbourne, FL. A Celebration of Life service and memorial will be held at First Baptist Church of Melbourne on May 13, 2023 at 2 pm.
Eula is survived by her daughter Michelle McKinnon (Ben), granddaughter Dawn Payne (Foster), three great-grandchildren, Devon Payne (Dee), Daegin Payne, Vivienne Payne, great-great-granddaughter Ylva Payne, daughter-in-law Cheri and nieces and nephews. We will miss her wisdom, smile and love.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, James T. Harrison, devoted son James E. Harrison, siblings Ernest, William, and Elizabeth, and other nieces and nephews.
Eula was born on April 21, 1925 in Ashland, KY to Robert Edward and Ollie Mae Johnson. She graduated from Portsmouth, Ohio High School, and during World War II worked at Western Electric as an inspector and at Bethlehem Shipyard as a timekeeper. She married James in July, 1946, and they moved to Melbourne with their daughter in 1952. She attended what was then known as Brevard Junior College and began working at the Sears catalog store. She retired years later from the Sears personnel management office.
Eula was an active and cherished member of First Baptist Church of Melbourne from 1955 until her passing. She was completely devoted to Her Lord, her family, her church, and her friends. She and her husband enjoyed happy years of camping and hiking with family and friends, and Christmas was always eagerly anticipated for its significance to her faith and time spent with family. She believed strongly in supporting those closest to her, and selflessly answered calls for assistance. Gardening was another passion, and her yard is yet evidence of the time and love she and her husband spent on it. She was adventuresome, enjoying such things as a hot air balloon ride on her 80th birthday, and an air boat ride, bi-plane ride, jet ski rides, camel ride, and other unique activities on subsequent birthdays.
Eula loved people, and had a special heart for children. Her beautiful, ready smile and positive outlook on life encouraged nearly everyone she met. She will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Eula’s name to the First Baptist Church of Melbourne building fund.
First Baptist Church Building Fund