Archive for February 28th, 2010

With Degree in Hand, Harriet Died Happy

February 28, 2010

Harriet Richardson Ames turned one hundred years old on January 2, 2010.

Twenty days later, she realized a lifelong dream by being awarded a diploma for her bachelor’s degree in education.

She died the very next day, peacefully, with a feeling of accomplishment.

If Harriet were still here, I’m sure she would tell you this: “Don’t ever give up on your dreams!”

Here is Harriet’s story by Kathy McCormack of  the Associated Press:


NH TEACHER, 100, GETS DEGREE A DAY BEFORE DYING

CONCORD, N.H. – It was Harriet Richardson Ames’ dream to earn her bachelor’s degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday.

On Saturday, the day after receiving her diploma at her bedside, the retired schoolteacher died, pleased that she had accomplished her goal, her daughter said. Ames had been in hospice care.

“She had what I call a ‘bucket list,’ (more…)