Jean Aikens Harrison
May 17, 1926 - March 14, 2024

Jean Aikens Harrison was born on May 17, 1926.  She was the second child born in Bainbridge, Georgia, to two wonderful parents, the late Dannie Mae and Herbert Aikens.  She grew up in the city of Jacksonville, Florida and received her education in Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.  She later moved to Detroit, Michigan.  She received Christ at a very early age, confessing with her heart and her mouth, and was saved.

She was married to her wonderful husband, Saint R. Harrison for over 15 years, who preceded her.  She always said he was the love of her life and always would be – even in death.  She is the mother of one child, Patricia Phillinganes (preceded husband Ardrick Phillinganes).  She also has two stepsons, Saint Harrison II who lives in Philadelphia, PA and Billy Allen, who preceded her.  She has four granddaughters – Anita Clark (husband Christopher Clark) and Tracey Broadnax both from her daughter and Veda Allen and Vertrice Allen-Fortune (husband Nate Fortune) from her stepson. The love of her life is her great-grandson John Parker Haymon who lives in Austin, TX and a niece Tonya Smarr who she cherished as a granddaughter. Jean had four siblings who preceded her – Herbert Aikens, James Aikens, Jeanette Ford and Leonard Aikens.  Her childhood home was always filled with kids and lots of love.  She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins who were very special to her, and lots of very special friends whom she loved dearly.

She worked for the City of Detroit for 31 years before she retired.  She was employed by the Department of Buildings and Safety Engineering as an Office Manager for the Housing and Planning division.  She was well known and respected throughout the area by all of the real estate companies and contractors and received letters of commendation from the Mayor and Governor for her work.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral for many years, and in 1965, joined Sanders Memorial AME Church.  In 1973 she moved her membership to Oak Grove AME where she was a very active member of the Loyal Hearts ministry.  She also helped organize and was a charter member of the Courtesy Ministry and was a member of the Missionary Society at Oak Grove AME. In 2016 she later moved to Trinity, Florida where she would be closer to her immediate family, there she returned to her Catholic Faith as a parishioner of St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church.

Jean was an active and devoted member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for 36 years, helping to organize conferences and business events.  She was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother and friend, and was always there for anyone who needed her.  To know Jean was to know a truly beautiful soul.  She was always a bright light in the midst of any hint of darkness.

“To all my family and friends:  Please don’t grieve for me, just live your lives and have faith in God.  Know that He will relieve your pain.  Love each other, and know that I loved all of you.”

A Memorial Mass is scheduled on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30am at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 12747 Interlaken Road, Trinity, Florida 34655.

For Live Streaming, please select this link: Sptatrinity.org. Streaming will begin 5-10 minutes prior to the service.


6 Comments

  • Sonia & Stuart Posted March 19, 2024 12:51 pm

    Grandmom,
    May your beautiful light clothe us all in comfort and warmth. Your memory is cherished.

  • Clarence and Jacqueline Broadnax Posted March 19, 2024 12:58 pm

    Sending GODS blessings to the Family at this difficult time🙏🏽 Always remembering to cherish the time love and memories shared.

  • Andrew, Sandi & Brandon Posted March 19, 2024 2:49 pm

    Dear Pat, Anita, Traci, & JP, you have our upmost & deepest sympathy. So very sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother. Grandmom Jean was such a bright and shining light. The ultimate grace, kindness, compassion, gentleness, faith and love that she carried within was a true representation of Christ. We could all be so Blessed to have an ounce of those attributes she carried. We are grateful for her life and the life that she provided for your family and love ones. She will be thoroughly missed but her memories will be treasured forever more. May the peace of God be with you all and comfort hearts during this season. With Love Always.

  • Dorethea Harrison and Family Posted March 20, 2024 3:11 pm

    To the family, sending our sincere condolences. May the Lord wrap each of you in His loving arms, giving you comfort, peace and strength. May each of you hold in your hearts the precious memories you share, celebrating her life and the legacy she leaves behind in Jesus name Amen and Amen!

  • Terry and Jack Hubbard Posted March 22, 2024 1:31 pm

    Rest in Peace dear Jean! It was a pleasure to have known you – your wonderful smile and beautiful personality will be missed by your neighbors at The Retreat🩷✝️

  • Rita Aikens Posted March 23, 2024 10:57 am

    To my father’s sister, Jean Harris, Aikens, you will be genuinely missed for the time you spent with family and friends on this earth. I’m sending my deepest condolence for the memories you had on this earth with loved ones and faith in God. Lastly, with the biggest hug and kisses from your niece, Rita Aikens, I love you with all my heart until the day we meet again


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