Harriette Ann Holmes Abbe
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November 29, 2017
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Harriette Ann Holmes Abbe

Harriette Ann Holmes Abbe was born Nov. 27, 1925, in Kingsport, Tenn., to Charles Calvin and Mary Delano Holmes.

She married William Whipple Abbe in 1948 and they built a life and family together over 66 years.

She was a resident of Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople, previously of Cambridge, Md., and Bethesda, Md.

She was a 1947 graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., where she received a B.S. in nursing.

She worked at the following facilities, Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and the Collingswood Nursing Home in Rockville, Md.

She accompanied her husband during overseas assignments in Pakistan, Jordan and Thailand between 1960 and 1971.

In Pakistan, she assisted in providing health and eye care at refugee camps. From 1989 to 2003 Harrie and Whip lived in Cambridge, Md., where she opened and ran Drift in Book Sales for a few years in downtown Cambridge. She served as a member of the Dorchester Hospital Auxiliary and as Chairwoman of the Robin Hood Shop.

In 2003 Harrie and Whip moved to Zelienople.

Harrie is survived by her five children, Charles Cleveland Abbe of Scappoose, Ore., Christopher Holmes Abbe of Freeport, Maine, Pamela Abbe of Waynesburg, Timothy Abbe of Port Angeles, Wash., and James Daniel Abbe of Plymouth, N.H.; and by four granddaughters, Shea Abbe Zwerver, Cory Holmes Abbe, Carmen River Abbe and Caroline Frances Abbe.

Harriette was preceded in death by Whipple; and her granddaughter, Leah Abbe Zwerver.

ABBE — A memorial service for Harriette Ann Holmes Abbe, who died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Seaman Chapel, Passavant Retirement Community, Zelienople.

In addition, a celebration of life will be held in the Bethesda, Md. area at a time and place to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tall Tails Beagle Rescue, 81 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, ME 04032, www.talltailsbeaglerescue.org, or the Community Foundation of Greene County, Leah Abbe Zwerver Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 768, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Checks to CFGC).

Condolences to the family may be directed to Cleve Abbe, by U.S. Mail to C.C. Abbe, 54472 Dahlgren Road, Scappoose, OR 97056, or by email to CCAbbe11@aol.com.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan Funeral Home, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.