Charlotte McConnell Riha

  • Born: February 2, 1933
  • Died: February 7, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charlotte McConnell Riha went to to be with her our Lord and Savior on February 7, 2019.

Charlotte was a beloved wife and mother who lived in Austin, Texas for a great part of her 86 years. She was born in Palo Pinto county Texas on Feb. 2, 1933 to Dolly M. and J.C. McConnell during the Great Depression.

She was the youngest daughter of 6 children. Transferring back and forth over her childhood from Fort Worth to Austin as her father served in the Texas Legislature. Charlotte attended Paschal High in Fort Worth and Southwest Texas State Teacher's college in San Marcos now known as Texas State. Charlotte was also in the first class to attend historic Pease elementary in Austin. She had knowledge that she would share about any landmark in Austin as well as many many others around Texas. Her love for the State Parks of Texas was one of her greatest passions. She was a member of the DAR and PEO of Texas.

In 1952 Charlotte married Clifford E. Harbison in Odessa Texas where they lived and raised a family for 30 years until his death in 1980. *Charlotte served in many philanthropic organizations in Odessa and later in Austin, Texas right up until her death.

After moving back to Austin in 1981 Charlotte met and married Col. Amos F. Riha a neighbor and family friend. They were married from 1987-2005 until his death.

Charlotte was a devoted mother to Robert L. Harbison of Georgetown, Douglas L. Harbison of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Drew A. Harbison of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Elizabeth H. Rall of Austin, TX.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren; Natalie Harbison- Ates, Paul Harbison, Brooks Harbison, Tara Harbison, Christina Harbison, Grey Harbison, Beau Harbison, Barrett Harbison, Bradie Harbison, Charlie Rall, Amelia Harbison-Crook and great grandchildren; Jacqueline Ates, Collins Harbison, Kash Crook, Dawson Crook and Christian Crook. Also survived by her sisters Eloyce McConnell Baker and Carolyn McConnell Remesat. Reuniting in Heaven with her departed sisters Elayne McConnell Tastch, Laura McConnell Holcomb and younger brother Bryan McConnell. Charlotte also loved her nieces and nephews greatly as well as her daughter in laws and special friends.

Lovely things remembered about Charlotte was her avid birdwatching hobby, painting talents, love of the outdoors, amazing historical knowledge and love for Jesus Christ. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Services will be at Weed Corley Fish on North Lamar on Friday February15th at 11:00 a.m. and visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on the 14th.

Charlotte will be layed to rest in Palo Pinto where her father served for years as the county judge; alongside other family.


Condolence & Memory Journal


I will always remember Charlotte in my heart. She welcomed me into her family with love and friendship. There were many visits that were rich in family history and funny stories. Her faith and wisdom helped me weather some difficult times. I shall miss her acceptance and unconditional love; not just shown to me, but to all those around her. Nothing was more fun than our lively talks over coffee and desserts. I loved her very much.

Posted by Frances Knox - Belton, TX   February 16, 2019

Charlotte was such a wonderful person.
My condolences to everyone in the family.

Posted by Rose Marie Harbison - Austin, TX - Friend   February 15, 2019


Anna and Drew, I so wish I could attend the services. I loved Charlotte and would love to see all of you. Prayers and condolences. May she rest in peace I love you all! Karen Matyear

Posted by Karen Matyear - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   February 14, 2019

Such a classy and hospitable woman who did many kind and unexpected gestures. She was very lovely and will be missed.

Posted by Darla Burn - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 14, 2019

Such a gracious lady who loved her family deeply and her home state of Texas. May she rest in God's mighty palm as she begins her heavenly journey.

Posted by Jill Phillips - Pagosa Springs, CO - Friend   February 09, 2019

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