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Harriet Louise Brougham
Harriet Brougham – age 90 – surrendered peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord on April 11, 2021. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends at Fish Memorial Hospital in Deltona, Florida.
Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Harriet was the eldest of three children of Edwin and Harriet Houghtaling. Siblings: John Houghtaling (deceased), and Shirley Arthur.
After graduating from Johnson City High School, Harriet went on to study and earn her degree in Chemistry at Broome Tech Community College. Before starting a career, Harriet married Robert Brougham and raised five children: Roxanne, Joanne, Dave, Eric and Alex Brougham. Her children have fond memories of her cooking and baking skills – most notably: homemade Breads, Chip ‘n’ Nut Bars, Date Nut Bread and Sticky Buns – all made from scratch! The family also enjoyed camping and hiking trips throughout the northeast United States and Canada. Later, with children grown, Harriet began a career outside the home as a technician at Kodak in Rochester, New York.
After retiring from Kodak, Harriet studied Gender Studies and earned a Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Empire State. Here is where she found her passion and became a Rehabilitation Counselor, dedicating her time to helping others overcome addictions.
In 2003, Harriet “retired” to Florida and enjoyed the warmer climate and outings to the beach. She volunteered at The Sharing Center, again, reaching out a helping hand to those in need.
Harriet loved the many family gatherings with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and recently, her great-great-grandson. She was “Nana” to all at these gatherings – which many times included “adopted” family members. Nana’s kind and quiet demeanor – and her signature “Secret Mashed Potatoes” - at these gatherings will be sorely missed. She will also be remembered for her gleeful laugh, her collection of whimsical art and her Bohemian sense of style!
Harriet is survived by her five children, her grandchildren: Thomas Coleman, Jr, Timothy Coleman and John Brougham, great-grandchildren: Aaron Chevalier and Hannah Coleman, and great-great grandson Leonardo Kai Chevalier, and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date to honor this beautiful woman and to remember the many lives that were touched by her love and compassion.
“In life we loved you dearly.
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a special place
No one else will ever fill.”
Condolences for the family can be sent to Altman-Long Funeral Home.