Remembering Harriet

March 23, 2021

by SusanB

On Tuesday, March 23, in fond memory of Harriet, Ladies of the Lakes Quilting Guild (LLQG) President Shelley and member, Joyce, presented Joyce’s creation of a “thread art” replica of therapy dog, Westin, to Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County (CACCC) Executive Director, Elizabeth Kelley-Scott. Harriet, a twenty-three year member of the LLQG made hundreds of quilts for CACCC teen clients and for children residing at David’s House located on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital campus in Lebanon, NH. Harriet also made comfort quilts for local police to keep in their cruisers and distribute as needed to folks who have suffered personal losses. Harriet’s husband of sixty-two years, Bruce, was present for the dedication.

On November 10, 2020, Harriet, age 80, passed away at Taylor Community in Wolfeboro, NH. Harriet was born to Norwegian immigrants and spent her youth on Staten Island, NY where she met her future husband, Bruce while attending the same high school and Lutheran Church. Harriet, a member of the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro and a beloved member of the LLQG, was a talented crafts person. She created leaded stained glass ornaments, knitted and crocheted baby hats for newborns, but her passion was designing and making gorgeous quilts for family, friends, and charities. For all you quilters out there, Harriet was the “queen of stippling” – creating incredibly beautiful patterns on all of her finished quilts. She received the highest honor from her peers being named Quilter of the Year in 2008 and later a Lifetime Membership to the LLQG for her outstanding contributions in furthering its charitable and educational mission. Harriet served on the LLQG Program and Hospitality Committees, and at meetings regularly treated LLQG members to her famous baked almond bars, never to this day successfully replicated by others. While still living in CT, Harriet became a member of the National Ski Patrol and a first responder at the Mount Southington Ski Area. She also was a Hospice volunteer and taught CPR and First Aid.

Harriet loved adventure and was a national and world traveler. With both children, Brian and Marie in college, Harriet accompanied Bruce on a four year business assignment in Israel and later joined Bruce on numerous business trips to Japan, Germany, Norway, Italy, and Denmark. Other travels included visitations to national parks in the US, ski trips to Switzerland, and flights to Australia and New Zealand where she and Bruce rented small planes and flew to different but preplanned locations. Bruce, a seasoned pilot, flies annually to AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI and participates in local fly in’s where Harriet supervised the pilot and visitor check in. At the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) holiday gathering at Calumet Lutheran Conference Center in West Ossipee, Harriet’s quilted table runners with airplane motif were the most popular and sought after items in the EAA Yankee Swaps.

To all, but especially her quilting friends, Harriet’s most endearing qualities were her beautiful smile, her never ending cheerful spirit, her can-do attitude, her generous nature, her quiet demeanor and her amazing humility and grace. She is sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Harriet was truly an angel on earth.