Thelma Romell (Harrison) Harrison

Born: Tue., Aug. 23, 1932
Died: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Layman Chapel CME

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Layman Chapel CME

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Thelma Romell Harrison died unexpectedly on Wednesday January 2, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 86. Thelma was born on August 23, 1932 in Memphis, TN, to Jessie Harrison and Hanna Nesbitt Harrison. After graduating high school in 1951, Thelma migrated to Chicago, IL with her siblings.  Thelma gave birth to her only child Sandra Kay.  Thelma later relocated with family to South Bend, IN.  Thelma worked for Robertson’s Department Store for a number of years before landing a job with Associates Finance Company.  In 1976, the company and Thelma relocated to Irving, TX.  After working for Associates Finance Company for over 30 years, Thelma retired in 2001 and relocated to Phoenix, AZ to live near her daughter and family.


Thelma is survived by her sister Dorothy L. Odom (Glenn Odom, Sr.) (South Bend, IN), daughter Sandra H. Holt, (John R. Holt, Jr.) grandchildren, Ebony N. Holt and McKenzie A. Holt-Synk, (Joseph Synk) and great granddaughter Samantha E. Synk of Phoenix, AZ; Nieces, Romell Reed (Ralph Reed) of Seattle, WA, Beverly Odom, (Tempe, AZ), Samantha Odom, (Houston, TX), Stacey Odom, (South Bend, IN), Lois Harrison, (Atlanta, GA), Marla Harrison (South Bend, IN) Glen Odom Jr. (South Bend, IN) Steven Odom, (South Bend, IN), Charles Harrison, Durham, South Carolina, Casey Harrison (Deborah), (South Bend, IN), Lonnie Harrison, South Bend, IN, Jesse Harrison, Jr., (Deborah) (South Bend, IN)  and a host of great nieces and nephews and cousins.   She is preceded in death by sister, Mildred Louise Govan, (Walter) and Brother Jessie J. Harrison, (Ruby Jo).


Thelma’s family with remember her as a God Loving, feisty little lady, full-of-life, fun loving, and committed to stewardship and taking care of business.


Viewing starts at 10:00 am and funeral service at 11:00am on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Laymen Chapel C.M.E. Church, 303 S Kenmore St, South Bend, IN 46619.  Thelma will be buried at Highland Cemetery, 2257 Portage Ave South Bend, IN 46616.  The Reverend Terrell Jackson will officiate the ceremony.  The family invites you to attend and celebrate Thelma’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to SmileTrain Changing the World One Smile at a Time, 633 Third Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.  

Condolences can be sent to   The family would like to thank each person who befriended her and enriched her life.



Charitable donations may be made in Thelma's memory to the following organization:

SmileTrain Changing the World One Smile at a Time
633 Third Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017

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Parris & jimmie Burgess & family
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Ms. Thelma Harrison befriended me at a time she could easily have said no. She responded instead with kindness and an open door during our family’s transition to Dallas. Ms Harrison graciously provided a place for me to stay as our house was being closed. We became dear friends & welcomed her to our home & enjoyed many weekends building a beautiful friendship over many years.Mrs Harrison loved her Family & God. We will always remember
Her kindness, love, laughter & faith. She always was a reflection of our loving God.
We pray for comfort, strength & peace for SANDRA, & her family.