Harriet Virginia Ward, 66, passed away at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska on December 24, 2012.
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A public visitation will be held at New Season Church, 639 W. International Airport Rd, Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12 p.m. with a service to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Leon C. Brown as the officiant. She will be laid to rest at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Harriet was born in Hopewell, Virginia on August 17, 1946. She moved to Anchorage in 1976, fell in love with Alaska, and decided to make it her home. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy E. Perry; her brothers Alan Charles Perry and Henry Perry and by her sisters Louise Perry and Geneva Wheeler.
She is survived by her godparents Ministers Raymond and Pattie Harris of Anchorage, Alaska; sons Matthew, Shelby, and Ulysses Ward of Anchorage and her daughter Arnecia Vadette Ward who lives in Virginia.
Harriet has a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Andre Riley, one of her grandsons, had lived with her and Matthew for the past several years until she became ill. Surviving siblings are Leonard (Linda) Perry of Anchorage, Alaska, Hazel Patten of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and John Perry of Hopewell, Virginia.
Harriet was a remarkably wise woman. With only a seventh grade education, she became a successful businesswoman in cosmetology. She was one of the best beauticians in the history of Alaska, having a natural gift for hair styling and a caring heart for all her client friends. She first started her business on the military base in Anchorage, and later bought her own shop on Boniface Parkway called "Heavenly Hair."
Harriet maintained a quiet, peaceful, and loving atmosphere in her salon. She always had a caring ear, wise counsel, and a prayer for her clients. Many looked forward to their time with her as a time for peace and tranquility as Harriet worked her heavenly skill to transform their hair into a beautiful new style while encouraging them in issues of daily life.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in adn.com from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012