Obituary: Harriette Akin Thompson passes
June 4, 2009
Memorial services will be held in the and#8220;Deland#8221; at Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, Calif., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, for Harriette Akin Thompson, beloved family matriarch, who died April 22 at age 96 near her Lake Tahoe home.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Harriette received her BA and Oregon teacher’s certificate from Reed College, and taught art, art history and sewing at the Katherine Delmar Burke School. In 1969, Harriette married James H. Thompson, a prominent San Francisco internist, who died in 1977. She moved to Spring Lake Village in 1986 splitting her time between Santa Rosa and Lake Tahoe.
Harriette served as Trustee for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and participated in the DeYoung Museum’s tapestry restoration guild. An avid correspondent, she kept close ties with family and friends cherishing those relationships throughout her life.
Harriette was one of kind and an angel to us. Her intelligence, wit and wise advice will remain with us always.
Harriette is survived by her long-time companion and devoted friend, Stuart C. Burdick,II; her nieces and nephews: Barbara Akin Kunkel, Heather Akin Oaksen, David C. Akin and Michael S. Akin; and five step-children: Carol Thompson Ceelen, Janet C. Henningsen, Alison McKee, James H. Thompson, Jr. and Susan Diederichsen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Indian College Fund, http://www.collegefund.org .