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Harriet Lewis Wharton Niehl
Birth: Jul. 10, 1890
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1975
Bethesda
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

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.

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.

*A fiction; Harriet Wharton never married. The father of her daughter was O.D. Waters, according to private family communications. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Wharton (1850 - 1925)
  Elizabeth Helen Menger Wharton (1859 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Odale Dabney Waters (1882 - 1944)
 
 Siblings:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
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.
- Earl Abbe
 Added: Aug. 12, 2008
 
This page is sponsored by: Earl Abbe

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