Harriette L. Parham

Sunrise: July 10, 1936

Sunset: May 14, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Lord called home one of His precious Angels, Harriette Linnette Parham.  She was born to the late Melvin Lamb and Sarah Linnette Lamb on July 10, 1936, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Harriette was educated in the Norfolk Public School system and was a 1954 graduate of Booker T  Washington High School.  It was at Booker T Washington High School, where Harriette met her lifelong soul mate, partner in life, her beloved husband, Howard V Parham Sr.

After graduation,  Harriette attended Norfolk State University, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s Degree from Old Dominion University.  Harriette followed her mother’s and Aunt’s footsteps to become an educator with Norfolk Public Schools.  Harriette taught at many local schools to include – Diggs Park, Lindenwood, Saint Helena and Granby Elementary Schools.  Harriette inspired and touched many young lives as a Teacher and Reading Specialist within the Norfolk Public School system for over 30 years.

Harriette married her high school sweetheart, Howard V. Parham Sr. on December 6, 1958.  Howard and Harriette shared a life together for over 60 years.  Their union brought forth three beautiful children, Howard Jr. (deceased), LaVonna, and Heith.

Harriette was a dedicated member of First United Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Pastor Veronica Thomas.  She truly enjoyed her church and loved to provide donations for the various activities and functions.

She enjoyed taking pictures, spending time with her family, cooking, gardening and teaching. In her spare time, Harriette enjoyed spending most of her time gardening, and she took great pride in her flowers. It takes patience and perseverance and a love for living things to grow a garden or a beautiful flower. There is a beauty and a satisfaction in seeing the result of our labor grow and come to fruition. There is a peacefulness that can come over us as we care for and nurture the flowers and plants in a garden. In nurturing living things and helping to bring beauty and peace to the world, gardeners make a difference in the world and make their lives and the lives of those who see their gardens richer and fuller. Harriette touched the lives of many people with her smile, generosity, and compassionate spirit.

Harriette leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Howard Parham Sr, daughter LaVonna Donald (Robert) of Chesapeake, VA, and son Heith Parham of Norfolk, VA; grandchildren Keire Parham, Howard Parham III, Julian Parham, Jameela Parham and Karis Donald and a great grandson Amir Jovanta Parham-Oliver.

Your life was a Blessing
Your memory a Treasure
You are loved beyond Words
And missed beyond Measure

Viewing Monday, May 18, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Graveside Service Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:00am Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Anthony Batts says

    God has called for my auntie Harriet. She’s there to join cousin Howard. RIP

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    Mary Woodhouse Washington and family says

    The Woodhouse family extends our deepest condolences in the passing of your loved one. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you that God will give you strength and surround you with His peace during this time.

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    Coleen Norman says

    My heartfelt condolences to you and the Family LaVonna. Praying God continues to comfort and strengthen you all during this time.

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    Michelle Lamb-Edwards says

    To my Aunt Harriette, I was hoping to meet you before you passed. My father Melvin Lamb was your half brother. I’ve lived in Hampton, VA for the last 20 years. I’m so sorry we didn’t get to meet. Hopefully I will get to meet my cousins. I can be reached at 757-850-4009. RIP.

    Michelle Lamb-Edwards

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    Michelle Lamb-Edwards says

    Harriett,, I so wanted to connect to you. I hope that you and that we and your family can. Much love to you all. Michellle

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    Gail VBond says

    So sorry to hear of you loss my name is Gail V Bond and I am Harriett brother Malvinas other sister so sorry we never met been trying to find you for so long and to hear of your passing saddling me my number is 347-685-3301 I am Michelle aunt RIP

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    Chan says

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to Uncle Buddy, LaVonna and Heith We are so saddening to hear about Aunt Harriett.

    Love you,
    Dorothy, Tanya and Chan

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