Harriette was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Jan. 14, 1927, the daughter of Mamie Applewhite Walsh and Leon C. Walsh Sr. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1944, and attended Woman’s College at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She married William F. (Billy) Wagner in 1950 after meeting him in the church choir, and they shared a loving marriage for 46 years.
Harriette treasured her immediate and extended family. She enjoyed living in Wilmington and frequent trips to the beach. Harriette worked with Billy in their accounting office and continued the business after his death in 1996. In 2003, Harriette married E. Thomas Marshburn. She shared much love with him and the Marshburn family.
Harriette was a leading member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was honored by the Diocese of East Carolina for 50 years of service in 2016. She was active in the Episcopal Church Women serving as treasurer and president. She also served on the Diocesan Finance Committee for many years. Harriette enjoyed being a member of the Hanover Seaside Club and a previous member of the Cape Fear Power Squadron and the Cape Fear Cyclists.
In 2014, Harriette moved to Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, to be closer to her daughter and family. She enjoyed her Indiana church home, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Purdue Episcopal Campus Ministry, where she regularly attended services and participated in workships at Food Finder’s Food Bank, the annual Hunger Hike, and other church events.
Harriette was preceded in death by her siblings Catherine Jones, May Williams, and Leon Walsh Jr. She is survived by her daughters Rebecca Ann Wagner and Deborah Wagner Knapp (James), grandchildren Christopher and Brendan, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In the Marshburn family, she is survived by Lee Marshburn Dineen (Chris Martin) and Melanie Marshburn Douglass (William), three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus and St. Elizabeth Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Harriette.
Harriette had been a member of Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron/27 and earned the grade of Junior Navigator.
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