Harriett Jewell Morrison

Born: Tue., Jul. 18, 1944
Died: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jan. 24, 2018
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

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Harriett Jewell Morrison, who built the Farrell High School women’s volleyball program into a perennial powerhouse, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  She earned many awards and accolades over the course of her thirty-nine year teaching and coaching career but her greatest legacy was the positive impact she had on the many young women who were fortunate enough to call her “Coach”.
Born on July 18, 1944 in Mercer Cottage Hospital, Harriett was the daughter of Darrell Lee and Ina Louise Morrison (both deceased) of Jefferson Township.  She is survived by her twin brother Harry Morrison (Joan), sisters Betty Sunday, Marjorie Stambaugh (Andrew) and a brother James Morrison (Joanne).  She was the most wonderful and generous “Aunt Sissy” to her eight nieces and nephews, and spoiled her thirteen great-nieces and great-nephews with affection and gifts.  A brother-in-law, Albert Sunday, preceded her in death.
A 1962 graduate of Mercer High School, Harriett went on to obtain a B. S. in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University in 1966.  Her first and only teaching job was at Farrell High School where she was employed until her retirement in June of 2005.  In addition to being an outstanding teacher, she coached cheerleading and track and field; however, it was an offer in the early 1970’s that led her to her life’s passion, volleyball.   Ed McCluskey, athletic director and a legendary coach himself, was starting a women’s volleyball program at Farrell and wanted Harriett to be the Coach.  He certainly selected well as Coach Morrison put her heart and soul into her position driving players to camps, washing uniforms, helping players with the college recruiting process, setting up an elementary feeder program, organizing Junior Olympic volleyball in western PA, serving as the JO Coach of the 14-under team for 12 years, and living by her own motto, “Winners Give All.”  Her only losing season as coach of the Farrell Steelers was her first in 1973-74.  She went on to win 8 PIAA State Championships (one more than her mentor, McCluskey), and was PIAA State Runner-up 5 times.  Her teams made 22 consecutive PIAA State tournament appearances in all and had five perfect seasons.  Under her tenure, Farrell won 20 WPIAL Championships and amassed a record of 554-59.  Coach Morrison is in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the WPIAL Hall of Fame, and was a finalist for the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year.  The Farrell School District named a gymnasium in her honor.   Through it all she maintained a humble demeanor, a fanatical work ethic and a “tough love” approach that earned her the respect of many.
Harriett was the American Business Women’s Association Woman of the Year in 1975 and a member of Charleston United Methodist Church.  She was inducted into the Mercer High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010.   She also had a passion for horses that she shared with her father and loved living on the family farm since childhood where her perfectionism was evident in her yard and flowers.  Always competitive, Harriett enjoyed playing games with family and friends and spent leisure time making the most beautiful cards that she sent to loved ones for birthdays and special occasions.  The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run Youngstown, OH 44514
Friends may call Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 from 4 pm to 7 pm and Wednesday January 24th, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am at SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA 16148.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 24th, 2018 at 11:00 am in the SHERMAN Funeral Home Hermitage, PA.
Burial will take place in Americas Cemetery
Arrangements entrusted to the SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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Bob Stefanak
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
My sympathies to all the family of Ms Morrison. She was a fine person and mentor. She took a group of my friends and me and was instrumental in forming our futures. We all were members of her summer tennis league at Farrell. One of my fondest memories was when she invited some of us to the family farm on a Saturday and we helped with the chores. Nothing like the lunch they prepared for us. God rest her soul... she is at peace with her Lord and Creator.

Kathy Crisan
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
I was a colleague of Harriet. She was a great individual. She will be remembered by many.
God will watch over all of you. Sympathy. To all of you

Mike Shaffer
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Saddened to hear of the loss of Harriett. May the Lord consol your family during this time.

Paula (Vodenichar) Glunt
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the Morrison family for your loss!!

Rita L ( Hynniman)_ Breinz
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Growing up in Charleston myself, i remember Harriett very well. Even though you move away we still connect to those from where our roots began. Harriett was a caring, compassionate person with a love for volleyball that showed in all she accomplished. She will be fondly remembered by many. My thoughts and prayers to all the family.

Dorita Ferguson Bolger
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Dear Morrison Family,

Wishing you peace. In talking about Harriett - telling stories of her childhood, listening to family tales, hearing about her from friends and co-workers, and looking at pictures - I hope it will help ease your loss.

In sympathy,
Dorita Ferguson Bolger

Sandra S. Stefanak-Algoe
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
What a remarkable woman and "coach".

Thanks for all the memories Miss Morrison!

The Stefanak's
(Jim, Andy, Bob & Sandy)

Vicki (Brooks) Kee
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
I will always remember Miss Morrison as my health and gym teacher back in the early '70's. She was an excellent teacher and knew how to get the subject matter across easily. At the time, I thought that she was "tough", but as a retired teacher now myself, I recognize that she pushed us in order to help us to excel in life. May God bless you Miss Morrison between now and eternity. I offer my condolences to her siblings. I never knew that she was a twin...that was a surprise.

Flora L. Newby
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
So sorry to learn of Ms. Morrison's death. She was an unique person. She coached my daughters, (Sonja & Janet) grand daughters,(Evette and Taneesha)cousins (Janise, Kelly) all who were mothers and daughters, just to name a few. We will never forget her. You are in our prayers.

Leslie Zeletski (Gondek)
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Condolences to the family. Miss Morrison helped to instill a work ethic and build character in many students, teaching things that don't come easy and are often
appreciated more later on. RIP Miss Morrison.

Dawn Zaborowski Shannon
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Miss Morrison, or "Harriett", as we called her behind her back...like she didn't know...played a huge part in my high school life. Teacher Coach 2nd Mom and a myriad of other roles.
We all loved her. She has always been an angel....now she's just in her proper home.
With deepest sympathies to the family,
Dawn Zaborowski Shannon
C/O '83

Mary E (Watson) Walters
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
My family and I just wanted to express our deepest sympathy on your loss. Harriett will always be remembered.
Gary and Mary E Walters
Chris Walters
Jennifer Billett
Rebecca and Brian redick

Kate Hepfner
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the family of Ms. Morrison. I was honored to have her as my gym teacher at Farrell. She was an awesome teacher. All she ever expected of us was: to be our best, not just in her class, but in life as well.

Greg Laun
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
May the Lord watch over your family during this time. My deepest sympathies go out to you. I was a fellow volleyball coach who enjoyed watching her teams play.

Lori (Nickel) McKnight
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Our sincere condolences to all of Harriett’s family. I know how much you will miss her. She had a great life. She was a great mentor to all girls she taught and coached. Our sympathies to Betty, Marge, Harry and Jim and their families.

Larry and Lori McKnight.

Etchaka Carrothers
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
I was saddened when I received the news of Miss Morrison's passing. She was an awesome person and coach! I had the pleasure of being a part of her varsity cheerleading squad 1974-1977. Although stern in her teaching, she brought the best out of you. Thank you for all the life lessons you taught! Rest in peace Miss Morrison, I will never forget you!
Condolences to the family and friends.

Etchaka Carrothers
C/0 1977

Julie Miller
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
I'm so saddened to learn of Harriet's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time. She had a tremendous impact on the young women she coached, many of whom were friends of mine, and grew the sport of volleyball like few ever have. My dad was coaching on the other side of the net and it was always a pleasure to compete against her teams because you knew it would be a tough fight versus players who respected the game. She instilled a love for the game in her players and more importantly, supported them on their journey as young women. She will be missed.

Holly Barnett
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family. I'm sorry that I was not able to offer them in person as I'm living in Arizona now. Ms. Morrison was a powerful figure in my life as a volleyball coach and teacher and I'm thankful that she shared her passions with so many of us. She left us with many life lessons and our standards raised high. There were times when she couldnt help but show her amusement and dare I say, joy, at some of our antics, try as she did to maintain her constant composure. Those slipped smiles are some of my favorite memories of her. I pray that your own warm memories will bring you comfort. Ms. Morrison was truly one of a kind.

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