January 25, 1923 ~ April 30, 2021
Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO
NELLIE JANE HARRISON
January 25, 1923 – April 30, 2021
Nellie Jane Harrison, an icon in the fine jewelry business in Southern Colorado, passed away on April 30th, 2021 at the age of 98. She had been an assisted living resident at the Villa Senior Living Facility since 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Pueblo and was preceded in death by her husband Forrest Blaine Harrison in 1991 and many friends. She was the daughter of Sam (Bongiorno) Dase and Beatrice Meddings. Nellie is survived by her daughter Dr. Beatrice Harrison (James Miller) and grandchildren Nate Allen, Heather Allen (Mark Strbiak) and Michelle Miller Kearns. She is also survived by niece Nancy Hunyadi (Bryan Goff) and two great-granddaughters, Natasha Strbiak and Jada Kearns.
Nellie was well known as the always cheerful manager of several jewelry stores in the Pueblo region beginning in 1962. Those stores included Armstrong Jewelers, Harding Bullock Jewelers, Enos Fine Jewelry, and Golden Leaf Creations. Nellie was a graduate of the Gemological institute of America. She was a Licensed Retail Jeweler and Designer along with being a Certified Gemologist. Nellie first retired at the age of 75. She returned to the work she loved and retired for the final time at the age of 90. She was a member of Eastern Star.
Those who knew Nellie were in awe of her enthusiasm for and knowledge of gemstones along with contemporary fiction. Her home and her apartment at the Villa were filled with thousands of books many of which Nellie read several times. Her disappointment as she aged was not being able to spend hours browsing in local bookstores. A special thanks to the staff at the Villa Living Center and the care and concern shown her at Hospice House during the last week of her life suffering from heart issues. At Nellie’s request, she has been cremated. She asked that there be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, please consider a donation in Nellie’s name to the Joni Fair Hospice House at 1107 Pueblo Blvd. Way Pueblo, CO 81005, or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 4600 Eagleridge Place, Pueblo, CO 81008. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com