Harriett, the oldest of five siblings, was born on April 22, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia to Emmett and Pauline Jefferson. She died on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at her residence in Hampton, South Carolina.
She attended the public-school System of New York City. She married and had eight children.
The family’s religious background was Baptist. In 1946, Harriett heard “H.M.S. Richards” preaching the Everlasting Gospel in a manner that caught her attention so much. In 1947, she requested and received baptism into the City Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church. As the years passed, she transferred her membership to the Jamaica Seventh Day Adventist Church. In retirement, Harriett finally transferred to the First Ridgeland Seventh Day Adventist Church. Through it all, her children were taught of the Lord.
Harriett greatly enjoyed the medical line of work and served humanity faithfully for many years as a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers New York. She made many lasting friendships which continued unto her journey’s end. Upon retiring from St. Joseph’s, she relocated to Hampton, South Carolina and took up her Christian witnessing and working dutifully in the Ridgeland Church. She expressed her greatest and fondest hope of meeting her Savior when He returns in the clouds (I Thess. 4:16-17).
Rejoice with us as we praise God for the longevity and Christian life of our mother.
Harriett was predeceased by her parents; four siblings; her husband; one son, Frederick; three grandsons; one granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.
Harriett Jefferson Riley leaves to mourn her passing seven children: Barbara, Alan, Cheryl, Romona, Walter (Rita), John and Leona; Fourteen grandchildren; Twenty-four great grandchildren; Eight nieces; Five nephews; and many, many friends.
Sleep on and take your well-deserved rest mama. We love you but God loves you best.
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