Harrison, Vicki W.

March 4, 1943 - March 26, 2018

Vicki West Harrison, born March 4, 1943 in Atlanta, GA to Dr. John Q.A. and Flonnis Cox West passed away March 26, 2018 in Dallas after a courageous 3-year fight with cancer.  Vicki was raised in Highland Park after moving to Dallas in 1945.  Her father was a WWII veteran and a dentist in the Lakewood Area for many years.  Her mother was a homemaker, caring for her family.  She graduated from Highland Park High School in the class of 1961.  She attended the University of Arkansas where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, later graduating from Stephen F. Austin with a BA and MA in Elementary education.  She met Jim Harrison at First Baptist Church in Dallas and married in 1971.  She loved reading, gardening, traveling, concerts and musicals and playing the piano.  An inspiring teacher, she loved her students and did everything she could to encourage higher education.  She instilled a work ethic in her students, so they could achieve their dreams.  Vicki touched the lives of many students and coworkers during her 35-year career in the Dallas ISD and Garland ISD.  After her retirement from education, she continued to mentor and tutor 4th and 5th graders as well as substitute teach.  As a Mother, she was proud of her children.  Her son ran in the Dallas Marathon each year and her daughter, following in her footsteps, became an elementary music teacher.  As a Grandmother, she adored her grandchildren and was always present at their sporting events, piano recitals and award ceremonies.  Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband of 46 years, Jim Harrison; daughter, Tori and husband Mark Cohorn of Dallas; son, Jonathan Harrison of Dallas; grandchildren, Brooks, Blake and Catherine Cohorn; sister, Mimi West Wuntch.

A service to celebrate and honor Vicki’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 3pm in the Sanctuary of Wilshire Baptist Church.

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
-Rita Pierson

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