100-year-old McLeansboro resident, Dessie Dora Harrelson, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 1 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home in McLeansboro. She worked as a seamstress at the former Elder Manufacturing Co. in McLeansboro. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Valley Forge. She also played the dulcimer and organ, and with accompaniment of her husband entertained widely with rendition of gospel songs.
Surviving are three grandchildren, Becki Jayne Harrelson of Atlanta, GA, LuAnn Bott (Greg) of St. Louis, MO and Stacey Dynelle Atlavilla (Joe) of Rincon, GA; several great-grandchildren; 27 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services for Dessie Dora Harrelson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Burial will be in Ten Mile Church Cemetery near McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton County Historical Society to support preservation and accessibility of the Harrelson’s personal library of historical and genealogy information.