Constance Carino Harrison, a loving matriarch who enjoyed using her artist's eye to make stunning flower arrangements and her skill with crafts to create memorable gifts, died May 28 of complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 75 and lived in Turnersville, N.J.
She had retired from the West Deptford Pathmark store 10 years ago.
"She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother," said her son, Andrew J. Harrison Jr., vice president of finance/treasurer of Philadelphia Media Network LLC, publisher of the Daily News and Inquirer.
"She was a beautiful woman and caring mother who sacrificed all for my sisters and me. She always challenged us to be the best that we could be. We will miss her love and sense of humor greatly."
Niece Martha Harrison-Orcutt wrote in a post after her death: "My aunt, Connie Harrison, was a beautiful woman. She always reminded me of Jackie Kennedy with her beauty and grace."
Other family members and her many friends and associates echoed those sentiments.
Constance was born in Williamstown, N.J., to Lawrence and Marie Carino. She graduated from Glassboro High School in 1958.
She married Andrew J. Harrison in 1960.
In addition to flower arranging and creating skillful crafts items, Connie liked to play cards, and would visit Atlantic City to test her skill at poker at the casinos.
Besides her husband, daughter and son, she is survived by another daughter, Colleen Lennon; two brothers, Robert and Edward Carino; two sisters, Carmella Albano and Susan Ticinelli; and four grandchildren.
Services: Were Monday. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Berlin, N.J.