The Life of Belva Mae Harrison
Belva Mae Moore was born on May 21, 1923 in Sandy Ridge, Pennsylvania to her parents, Guy and Margaretta Moore.
The family later moved to the Williamsburg, PA area, where Belva's father worked as a law enforcement officer and
eventually as town sheriff. Belva and her sister Betty were close, and some might say a bit wild. An instance when the
girls had a run-in with the police at a bar their father had told them to stay away from, as he was planning a raid on it,
was an indicator that perhaps Belva was not to be a simple small-town girl. After graduating from Williamsburg School,
she worked in Baltimore, and later had a daughter she named Dixie Lee (after Bing Crosby's wife). Hungry for a
bigger place, she moved to South San Francisco and married Evans Harrison. Belva worked for the Southern Pacific
Railroad in the payroll department, later becoming department head.
Belva's daughter Dixie lived in Williamsburg, where she was raised by her grandparents and her aunt Betty. In 1986,
Belva was widowed and reunited with her daughter. Belva embraced Dixie and her children, Amanda and Andrew,
Dixie's husband Richard, and his children, Brian and Kristen. She was deeply grateful to have this family around her.
Belva had a great sense of humor, loved dogs, country music, and pork rinds. She had a deep faith in God, and loved
Billy Graham. She was a member of the Grand Avenue Baptist Church in South San Francisco: after moving to St. Paul
to be with her daughter, she attended St. Paul UCC on Summit Avenue. Belva passed away on November 5, 2018
at the age of 95: she will be deeply missed by her friends and family.
Belva is survived by her daughter, Dixie (Richard) Cornell: grandchildren Amanda and Andrew Kennedy:
step-grandchildren Brian Cornell and Kristen Gundry: and great grandchildren Esme' Kennedy, Will & Theo Cornell,
and Logan, Stewart & Eli Gundry.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, November 11th at Mueller-Bies Home-Roseville, 2130 N. Dale
Street at County Road B. Visitation will take place from 2 - 3 PM Sunday November 11th at the Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park 1370 El Camino Real, Colma ,CA on Wednesday, November
14th at 11AM
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul UCC on Summit Avenue, or the Good Samaritan Society-