HARRIET HEYER STOWE - Harriet Heyer of Stowe, 91, died peacefully of old age on Feb. 21, 2011 with her children by her side. She was at home until her last two weeks, which she spent at The Manor in Morrisville, where she received wonderful care from their dedicated nursing staff. She was born in Montclair, N.J. on Nov. 28, 1919, the only child of Walter and Margaret Hatch. She attended University of South Carolina at Chapel Hill, but was unable to finish due to World War II. She returned to live with her parents and worked many interesting years as an executive secretary in New York City, N.Y. for companies such as RCA, the US Lawn Tennis Association, and Celanese Inc., a plastics and fabric company. At RCA she programmed music for workers during the war, edited an internal magazine, and even recruited Babe Ruth into attending an RCA Hall of Champions event picking him up by taxi and returning him home after stopping for a drink at a bar! She worked in NYC for 15 years before meeting her future husband, Larry Heyer, on a visit he made to the Montclair, N.J. neighborhood he had grown up in. Harriet had been his next-door neighbor as a child and they met again on this visit. They were married soon after and she moved to Stowe in 1955 to help run The Ski Inn (then known as "The Larry Heyer's"). With her advertising skills, Harriet was able to promote and improve the business, which they ran successfully for many years. Harriet competently managed the reservations, meals, and, most importantly, was a wonderful hostess. Her knack of getting guests to know and enjoy each other created a wonderful network of return guests and friendships lasting generations. "Good food and good conversation" was her advertising line. Her life-long interests were nutrition, natural foods, walking on the back roads of Vermont in the fall, and attending classical music concerts. When her children were young, she often volunteered her time helping organize the School Friday ski program and the Girl Scouts. She skied daily in the winters until she was over 80 with no poles, short skis (before their time), and a fur coat and hat which made her a recognizable figure on the mountain. Coming to Stowe at age 35 having never skied, she was a determined student; often shadowing one of the Austrian ski instructors to overhear their tips. She would then invite them to dinner at the Inn to mingle with the guests or play an instrument and sing. She is survived by her son, Clifford, of Stowe; and her daughter, Lyndall and husband, Scott, of Stowe and their two children, Elle and Ian Anderson, of whom she was very proud. She was predeceased by her husband, Larry, in Aug. of 1990. Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Her cremains will be buried in the family plot in the River Bank cemetery next to her husband. The White-Fiess funeral home in Morrisville is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Country Animal League, 3524 Laporte Rd., Morrisville, VT 05661 in her name in honor of all the cats she loved.
Published by The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 24, 2011.