Fauneil P. Harrison, 92, of Sheridan passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Westview Health Care Center. She was born on May 21,1920, at home near Elsie, Nebraska, to parents Charles Franklin and Hazel Bessie (Terry) Powell. She married George William Harrison on February 14, 1941, after a brief courtship before he had to ship off overseas to the war. They later settled in Sheridan, Wyoming, where they made their home for the rest of their lives.
Fauneil had some unique jobs over the years, one of which was working during World War II in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese Americans, near Cody, Wyoming. She also worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where the atomic bomb was being developed. Another endeavor was taking flying lessons in Denver, Colorado, and being the only one in the class to get her pilot’s license. She also worked for Sheridan School District No. 2 for 15 years as a teacher’s aide, and enjoyed working with children immensely.
Fauneil was a courageous and determined lady, as evidenced by her “never-give-up” attitude after she had a leg amputated at the age of 70. She endured extensive hours of physical therapy in order to reach her goal of being able to remain active by walking with a prosthesis and riding a bicycle again. Fauneil cherished attending her grandchildren’s activities and watching them play sports; she was a huge supporter to them in the role of being their most faithful fan. She was also proud of the fact that she taught all five of her grandchildren to skate. She had a gentle, sweet spirit and will be missed by many.
Fauneil was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, Beulah Brown, three brothers, Myron, Bernard, and Dale Powell, and her daughter-in-law, Kathy Harrison. She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Harrison (partner John Victor) of Colorado, her son, Jim Harrison (partner Pam Witcraft) of Sheridan, and her daughter, Debi (Mike) Nesbitt of Sheridan. She is survived by her grandsons, Derek Rupp of Colorado, Jacob (Paulina) Harrison of Mexico, Braden Smith of Colorado, Keedan Smith of Sheridan, and her granddaughters, Amanda (Luke) Malyurek of Gillette and Britin Smith of Colorado, as well as four great-grandsons. She is also survived by two of her six siblings: Joyce (Bob) Brown of Oregon and Vonda (Bill) Fletcher of Washington.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Church of Christ (1769 Big Horn Avenue) in Sheridan.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Fauneil’s memory can made to Sheridan College Foundation, P.O. Box 6328, Sheridan, WY 82801, for a scholarship fund for nursing students, as a tribute to the wonderful care Fauneil received from the nurses, CNAs, and the staff at Westview Health Care Center.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
On-line condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.