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Harriet Lea Gold

January 10, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Harriet Gold SHIVA & OBITUARY

FUNERAL SERVICE

A graveside service will take place 10:30 am, Sunday, January 14 at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

 

SHIVA

Friends are welcome to join the family to sit Shiva at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Wednesday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 18 at Harriet’s home at 2419 Woodridge Dr., Decatur, Ga., 30033, Burial will be in a family plot at Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. A Celebration of Life will be held at Congregation Bet Haverim on February 11, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CBH music program.

 

DONATIONS

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CBH music program.

 

OBITUARY

Harriet Lea Gold June 23, 1943 - January 10, 2024 Harriet Lea Gold, a remarkably loving, creative woman with an enormous heart and a beloved member of Congregation Bet Haverim, peacefully passed away in her Decatur, Ga., home on January 10, 2024.

Harriet deeply loved her family and many friends and possessed a heart big enough to hold all of them, while making each of them feel special. Generous with her love, talent and money, she often quietly engaged in acts of kindness, with no need for recognition.

One gift Harriet shared with the world was the amazing pottery she created. It was an endeavor where her creative spirit shone, melding form, function and artistry into beautiful creations. She was a talented potter, studying for years at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. While she sold hundreds of her pieces to admirers at art shows, she was just as likely to give them away to friends.

Born on June 23, 1943, Harriet had fond memories of growing up in Brooklyn, New York, particularly spending time with her beloved extended family, including her immediate family, aunts, uncles and friends who were treated as family. She often talked about family gatherings and playing stickball in the streets in front of the brownstone where she lived. When she was in her mid-teens, her family moved to Santa Monica, California, where Harriet graduated from Santa Monica High School, then Santa Monica City College. She was an outstanding athlete, winning a shotput championship during her college years, and she was a competitive tennis player, participating in ALTA leagues into her 60s. She also excelled at badminton and bowling, perfecting her ability to precisely hurl a 16-pound bowling ball down the alley.

Professionally, Harriet worked for 43 years for the same company, which changed ownership over the years from Pennsylvania Life Insurance, to A.L. Williams, to Primerica and finally to Citigroup. She surrounded herself with a talented team and fostered an environment where everyone took care of each other. She retired as an Executive Vice President in the information technology realm.

In 1978 her employer asked Harriet to transfer to Atlanta. There was the lure of a promotion, but it was a huge transition to leave behind family and friends for a city where she knew no one. She embraced the challenge and built a life here, connecting to others who appreciated her kind heart, wisdom, and sense of humor. She had tremendous compassion for friends dealing with difficult situations, listening deeply and gently offering wise counsel. She joined and helped build a variety of communities, guided by her artistic and spiritual interests and her love of games. Harriet appreciated art and loved music, especially the sounds of the chorus at Congregation Bet Haverim, whose members visited often and sang to her in her final days.

Harriet was predeceased by her dear brother Milton Gold and her parents, Rose and Julius Gold. Survivors include her niece Rhonda Gold and her sons Evan Haro and Neco Haro; her sister-in-law, Barbara Gold; and her cousin Leah Stock-Landis, her husband Jeffrey Louis Landis, and their sons, Daniel Levi Landis and Joshua Spencer Jian Landis. Her devotion extended to the many cats who found their way into her heart and home, including K.C., Katie, Sophie, Misha and Sadie.

Friends are welcome to join the family to sit Shiva at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Wednesday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 18 at Harriet’s home at 2419 Woodridge Dr., Decatur, Ga., 30033, Burial will be in a family plot at Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. A Celebration of Life will be held at Congregation Bet Haverim on February 11, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CBH music program.

Harriet made an impact on her beloved family, the communities she participated in, and her many friends. The love that she extended into the world was beautifully returned in her final days, giving her the peace to leave this life with gratitude and a heart filled with love.

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