Harriet Bennitt Frye
Lebanon, N.H. — Harriet Bennitt Frye died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Lebanon Center Genesis. She was 99.
Born on March 21, 1914, in Omaha, Neb., Harriet grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and, in 1934, married John Frye, a newspaper reporter. Together they reared three children in rural Delaware County, Ohio. Later they moved to Hampton, Va., and more recently to the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire-Vermont.
Harriet was an artist whose oil paintings of Chesapeake Bay fishermen hang in the permanent collections of the Mariners’ Museum in Newport, Va., and the Virginia Institute of Natural Sciences. She also authored a series of children’s books, a study of colonial botanist John Clayton, and, with her husband, a fictional account of early Greek exploration of the British Isles.
Harriet was an adventurous traveler. In 1937, she and her husband drifted a houseboat down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Cincinnati to New Orleans. In the mid-1950s, she lived in England with her daughters and bicycled with them through southern England and northern Europe. She and her husband owned a 33-foot ketch, which they sailed on Chesapeake Bay. They also traveled in Ireland, England, Spain, Haiti, and Greece.
Harriet is survived by daughters, Ann Frye of Hannibal, Mo., and Ellen Frye of White River Junction, Vt.; also a granddaughter, Julia Meyer of Peoria, Ill., a great-grandson; and a great-great granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, John; their son, Keith; and a grandson, Yvon Meyer.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m., at the parish hall of the Norwich Congregational Church, Norwich, Vt.