Harriet A. (Hames) Colville, age 82

of Braintree

Harriet A. (Hames) Colville, age 82

Harriet A. (Hames) Colville, age 82, a longtime Braintree resident, died peacefully, Friday, January 17, 2020 at the John Adams HealthCare Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Harriet was born in Jaffrey, New Hampshire to the late George E. and Margaret (Ellis) Hames. Raised and educated in Milford, NH, she was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1955. She later attended Simmons College and the Bryant & Stratton Business School. She had lived in Braintree for fifty-seven years.

Harriet was employed as an administrative assistant at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy for over thirty years. As a young woman, she began her career as a legal secretary in Boston and later worked as a secretary at the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where she and her family have been longtime members.

She loved traveling with her friends and celebrating holidays and birthdays with her high school friends who were known as the “Birthday Girls”. Harriet was an avid skier in her youth. She was always health conscious and loved to exercise. She enjoyed mall walking with her Braintree friends and was also an animal lover.

Harriet was a talented piano player and enjoyed playing.

Most of all, Harriet was dedicated to her family and especially her cherished grandchildren.

Beloved wife for fifty-nine years of D. Brian Colville.

Devoted mother of David B. Colville, Jr. of Westport, Elizabeth Ann Yaxter and her husband John of Braintree, Alison M. Cole and her husband Matthew of Weymouth.

Loving grandmother of Brian and TJ Colville, Michael, Kristin, Brittany and Kaitlin Yaxter, Jason, Stephanie, Jennifer and Timothy Cole.

Harriet is also survived by several cousins and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church, 270 Franklin Street, Quincy on Saturday, January 25, at 11 o’clock. Pastor Drew Hanson will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted.

For those who wish, donations in Harriet’s memory may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, ATTN: Donations, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.


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  • A sad day ,many fond memories of Harriet. My deepest condolences. May it comfort you to know the caring thoughts of others are with you at your time of sorrow. Love Jon Nancy and Samantha Bohlin.

  • May her spirit soar, and her memory be cherished.

  • When one has only one cousin in his life, he is very lucky for it to have been Harriet. …a blessing.

  • My dear classmate, Harriet , was always much admired as a school friend, wife, and mother and fellow Christian….we shared our love of Jesus and our faith through emails. Knowing she has been called home to her precious Lord is comforting and peaceful. My heart will keep Brian and Harriet’s family in prayer. Lorna (Dutton) Willette (and husband Bobby), Milford NH High School Class of 1955.

  • A dear friend – much admired as a my classmate (Milford, NH High School Class of 1955), wife, mother and Christian. Over the years we shared our faith and love for Jesus through emails. Knowing her striving with poor health is over, that she is now perfect and at home with her precious Lord brings comfort during this time of loss and family grief. Our prayers are with her beloved husband, children and grandchildren.
    Bobby and Lorna (Dutton) Willette

  • I remember Harriet as a classmate of the Class of 55. She was a lovely girl and so smart. My condolences to her family.

  • To my dear friend Harriet, a gentle soul who I’ve known since childhood. There are no words to express how much I will miss her. When I think of her it will be that she is in Heaven and at peace, and she will always remain in my heart.

  • I was so sorry to hear about Harriet’s death. She was part of the church morning group that went out to visit shut ins, of whom I was one way back in the 1970s. She was a faithful friend to me for all of these years, and I have been missing her visits during the past 2 years. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you.

  • My heart is broken to hear of Harriets passing. I was fortunate to have met her and Brian through Uncle Charlies diner where they visited frequently. She was a special lady. She was kind, caring and had a good sense of humor. I am thankful to have known her. May you Rest In Peace my friend❤️