- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2006

RICHMOND (AP) — Lacey Virginia Barkley Harrison, widow of former Gov. Albertis S. Harrison Jr., died Jan. 16 at her retirement residence in Richmond. She was 97.

Mrs. Harrison was Virginia’s first lady from 1962 to 1966.

A native of Lawrenceville, she and her husband purchased Saddletree Farm, a 1,500-acre property near the community, before he became governor, and they retired there afterward.

Mrs. Harrison was known there for “beaten biscuits,” a daily breakfast tradition in her family. When they dated, Mr. Harrison wondered why he was served “stale bread” at the Barkley home. He was told they were beaten biscuits. His wife served the biscuits throughout their marriage.

Mrs. Harrison went to Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala., and Stuart Hall School. She met her future husband at Lawrenceville High School, and they saw each other again at a dance when she was on a break during her first year of college.

They married May 8, 1930.

A year later, Mr. Harrison defeated a 16-year veteran to become commonwealth’s attorney. He was elected to the state Senate in 1948 and was elected state attorney general in 1957. After serving as governor, he sat on the Virginia Supreme Court.

He died in 1995, and Mrs. Harrison moved to Richmond a few years later.

Mrs. Harrison had been a member of the Brunswick Garden Club and was a former president of Women of the Church at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Antoinette Jamison of Richmond; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A private funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at Saddletree Farm followed by a burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at the Westminster-Canterbury retirement residence in Richmond.

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