Obituary of Harriett Blanche Head
Harriett Blanche Head was welcomed into the arms of her Savior on Friday, February 24, 2023. A funeral service will take place at 11:00 am, Monday, March 6, 2023, at the Mt. Morris Community Church in Mt. Morris, MI. Pastor Vince Messina to officiate, with burial to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Harriett’s family will be present to receive friends from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm, on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris MI. On Monday morning, Harriett will be taken to church to lie in state from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be directed to Child Evangelism Fellowship, The Gideons International, or Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Harriett’s tribute wall at martinfuneralhome.com.
Harriett was born on July 10, 1925, in Adrian, MI, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Frances (Chittle) Sharp. Her father died when she was 14 days old, and she was subsequently adopted by her lifelong father, Gilbert Clark when her mother remarried when Harriett was a young child. When Harriett was 13 years old, she put her faith & trust in Christ to be her Savior, and she loved and followed Him her whole life long. In 1944, she graduated from Flint Northern High School and began working at AC Spark Plug, as did many others on the Home Front during World War II. After the war, she began attending Northwestern College in Minnesota, where she met Louis Head. They married on June 12, 1947, and enjoyed 52 years of marriage before his death in 1999. After marriage, they transferred to Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, graduating in June 1950. They moved to Flint, then Mt. Morris, where they resided until 1992. Harriett & Louis joined Mt. Morris Community Church in 1956 and remained members there until their deaths. She lived near her daughter in Warsaw, IN, for the last few years of her life. Harriett loved her family and her church and was very involved in teaching children, singing, Bible study class, and Awana. She was a member of the Flint Poetry Forum (in both Flint and Clio) and the Writing Club. She taught Good News Club with Child Evangelism Fellowship for many years and opened her home to 5-Day Clubs regularly. After a bout with breast cancer in 1983, she was involved as a peer mentor with Reach to Recovery. She is remembered for her hospitality and her freshly homemade bread (6-8 loaves weekly).
Left to cherish Harriett’s memory are her six children: Judy Grimwood of Lansing, MI, David (Donna) Head of Harrisville, MI, Dan Head of Alpena, MI, Rebekah Bollman of Warsaw, IN, Joel (Ruth) Head of Godwin, NC, and Rachel (Scott) Meyer of Neillsville, WI; 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; stepmother Cora Fadden; two sisters: Char (Dick) Lesley and Lisa (Terry) Shaw; one brother, Gilbert (Donna) Clark, Jr; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harriett was preceded in death by her husband, Louis V. Head; her grandson, Benjamin Meyer; her birth father, Harry Sharp; her father, Gilbert Clark; her mother, Frances Osborne nee Chittle; two sons-in-law: Robert Grimwood and Rodney Bollman; and three sisters: Virginia Sharp, Kay Johnson, and Colleen Colgan.