She was born at home in Cardonia, Ind., March 28, 1920, to Charles and Edna (Myers) Jones.
She graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1938, and enjoyed reunions with her classmates.
She married Ernest E. "Dick" Harrison on Nov. 18, 1939. On July 22, 1943, she gave birth to their only daughter Sharon Lee-Harrison Stearley.
She was a stay at home housewife and mother until the late 1950s. At that time, she went to work at Loeb's Dry Goods in downtown Brazil. She loved fabric and needless to say enjoyed her job. Later in life she was a waitress at Adami's Restaurant in Brazil. She enjoyed waiting on her customers at the restaurant.
She enjoyed sewing and was a talented seamstress that made most of the clothing worn by her daughter and herself. She even made many of her husband's shirts. She also knitted and crocheted many beautiful pieces. She also enjoyed cooking, making bread, churning butter with milk from their cows, gardening and food preservation. Most of all, she loved spending time with her granddaughters, family members and friends.
She had been a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses for the last several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law Jack L. Stearley, sisters and their husband's Beatrice and Harry Zimmerman, and Charlotte and John Hoffman.
She is survived by her husband, daughter, granddaughters Lori Stearley Asher (Steve), Brazil, and Angela Boston Calloway (Brent), Bishop, Calif., brother Dale Jones (JoAnn) and sisters Sally Bucklin (Jim), Brazil, Marguerite Raybould, Tampa, Fla., Thelma Schepper, Greencastle, Kaye Hobson (Larry), Monrovia, Ind., four stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and their families. She also touched the lives of many who called her "Grammy."
Services will take place Saturday April 23, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the Lawson- Miller Chapel, Brazil. Friends my call at the chapel from 10 a.m., until time of the service. Burial will be at Clearview Cemetery following the service. Family and friends are invited to join the immediate family at her daughter's home following burial to continue the celebration of Mary Belle's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.