|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1890|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1975|
Age: 85 yrs.
D/O Rev. George Wharton & Elizabeth Helen (Menger) Wharton
Twin Sister/O Clark Lewis Wharton (10 Jul 1890-16 Apr 1985)
P/O Odale Dabney Waters, Sr. (5 Jan 1882-5 Nov 1944)
W/O Walter Wingfield Niehl (c1883-c1936)*
M/O Elizabeth Wharton (Niehl) Abbe, Ph.D.
*A fiction; Harriet Wharton never married. The father of her daughter was O.D. Waters, according to private family communications.
Last Residence: McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22101, USA [SSDI]
Died of multiple myeloma. Had years earlier survived stomach cancer.
She was survived by her daughter Elizabeth ("Betsy") and son-in-law Earl Clifton Abbe, II and their sons Kenneth Hatheway Abbe and Alexander Earl Abbe.
Harriet Niehl was a strong, capable and fiercely independent woman. She understood both the traditions of the South and the empowerment of women long before that became part of the general culture. Although a college president, her father did not believe in educating women. In spite of this she became, in 1927, one of the first women to obtain a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia.
Harriet loved a man, Odale Dabney ("O.D.") Waters, Sr., who was already married. Despite that and the fact that she was in her 40s, they chose to have a child. When he would not or could not get a divorce to marry her, she raised her daughter alone, living in Colorado, Arizona and Virginia.
George Wharton (1850 - 1925)
Elizabeth Helen Menger Wharton (1859 - 1950)
Odale Dabney Waters (1882 - 1944)
George Emil Wharton (1884 - 1896)*
Helen M Wharton Reed (1886 - 1983)*
Ruth Wharton Ramsey (1888 - 1980)*
Harriet Lewis Wharton Niehl (1890 - 1975)
Clark Lewis Wharton (1890 - 1985)*
Lindsay Wharton (1892 - 1983)*
Esther H Wharton Ponder (1894 - 1990)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: In woods behind last residence - 1402 Cola Dr., McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22101, USA
Created by: Earl Abbe
Record added: Aug 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28960911
She touched the future; she taught.|
Added: Aug. 12, 2008