Harriet M. Wyatt, 89, of Humboldt, passed away Jan. 4, 2010, at Pullman, Wash. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt with the Rev. Jan Burnett officiating. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is assisting the family.
Harriet Margaret Wyatt was born June 23, 1920, to Garfield and Mildred (Rockwood) Gouge. She attended school at Corwith, Iowa, and graduated in 1937 at the age of 16. Harriet attended Iowa State Teachers College, receiving her two-year elementary teaching degree. She taught for five years in the Vernon Consolidated, Bradgate, and Corwith school systems. She married Burl Wyatt on June 19, 1942, at San Louis Obispo, Calif. While he was in the service overseas for nearly three years, Harriet returned to Corwith and taught. After the war, the family lived in Ames while Burl attended Iowa State University and graduated in veterinary medicine in 1952. The family then located at Ruthven where Burl practiced, with Harriet's help, for over 20 years. He retired from practice and joined the USDA and they moved to Humboldt in 1969.
Harriet was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church at Corwith and has been a lifelong member. She directed the choir and hand bells in Ruthven and Humboldt. She worked with Hospice, the Hospital Auxiliary, United Methodist Women, the Sweet Adeline's and was a member of Chautauqua Circle.
Harriet is survived by her children: David and Cathy Wyatt of Ruthven, Carolyn Wyatt and Tim Loughney, husband, of Pullman, Wash., Dean and Sally Wyatt of Tyler, Minn., Duane and Sheri Wyatt of Tyler, Minn., and Richard Wyatt of Gold River, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl; her parents; her sister, Marilyn Green; her daughter-in-law, Jean Wyatt; her son-in-law, Jerry Newbrey; and a granddaughter, Sarah Wyatt.