Harrison Family Mortuary has been operating in Aberdeen since 2008. As of a few weeks ago, it now has an office in Montesano.
Owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nathan and Colleen Harrison, the business is trying to make itself more accessible to East County clients.
Both of the Harrisons are licensed funeral directors, while Colleen is also a licensed mortician/embalmer.
“We want to be able to accommodate people in the East County so they don’t have to go all the way to Aberdeen,” to make funeral arrangements,” said Nathan Harrison. He will man the 800-square-foot Montesano office, which is strictly for making arrangements, as there is no chapel or showroom. Those services will still be handled at the 4,400-square-foot, full-service mortuary in downtown Aberdeen.
“We just wanted a small business office like this so we can conveniently service the East County,” Nathan said.
The couple has more than 30 years of combined service in the mortuary business and even met while working at another Harbor mortuary. They were married in 2003.
Harrisons also specializes in veteran funeral care. As part of these services, they help families navigate the federal red tape to fund burial-related benefits for veterans.
“We have a long line of military service in our families,” Colleen Harrison said.
They also participate in numerous military-related charities each year such as donating cell phones to soldiers overseas and gathering and creating Christmas stockings for the troops each year. This past holiday season, the Harrisons shipped 300 stockings in 60 boxes to troops overseas. The shipping cost alone, paid for by Harrisons, was $900.
“And we’re getting ready to ship about 600 donated cell phones,” Nathan said.
Harrisons offers an all-encompassing eight-page pamphlet to customers explaining its services offered and prices. For example, a complete funeral package runs $3,995, a complete cremation service is $2,235, while a basic, no frills “immediate burial” runs $1,000. Prices for caskets begin at $995. One of the few items clients will find in the Montesano office is an assortment of urns, with prices ranging from $25 to $1,000. Nathan also custom designs headstones and monuments from the new Montesano office.
While the Harrisons are leasing the office at 141 S. Main Street in Montesano, the Harrisons hopes to have a long-term future in Montesano.
“We’re just happy to be up here right now,” Nathan said. “If it works well, I’m hoping to buy a building here somewhere.”
Harrisons in Montesano is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. The phone number is (360) 249-1935.