Harriet E. Bryant was born on January 18,1930 in Bayonne, NJ from the union of Mr. Thomas Isiah Russell and Ms. Grace Parham. From this union six children were born, Thomas Isiah Jr. (deceased), Marion V. Russell, Gloria W. Nelson, Frances G. Wilson and Flora Russell (deceased).
Harriet attended grammar school in Bayonne, NJ and graduated from Bayonne High School where she enjoyed volunteering for various activities. As a young adult, Harriet met and married James L. Bryant Sr. From this union three children were born, James L. Bryant Jr., Dr. Patricia C. Bryant and Karin M. Bryant. The family resided in Jersey City, NJ and attended Saint Patrick’s Church.
Harriet started her career as an operator at Bell Atlantic (now AT&T) and worked her way up to management. Harriet balanced family and career successfully and while working full-time she also committed to volunteering at her children’s school. She retired after 30 years of service and moved to East Orange, NJ where she attended St.Joseph’s Church.
Harriet enjoyed collecting unicorns, traveling, dancing and cooking. She was known for her delicious cherry crumb cake, lemon meringue pie and oatmeal cookies. Sunday’s were set aside for family dinners. While dining she would always demand butter, Not margarine! Harriet always stayed active. She enjoyed knitting, exercising and mall walking. Her slogan was... “move it or lose it”. She was an extremely organized, no nonsense person who had a heart of gold. When relaxing at home Harriet would often say she was “sitting on the dock of the bay”.
Harriet is preceded in death by her son James L. Bryant Jr.; granddaughter Shayla S. McClain, brother Thomas I Russell, and sister Flora Russell. Surviving to cherish Harriet’s precious memories are daughters Dr. Patricia C. Bryant, and Karin M. Bryant; grandchildren Taisha Shorter, James L. Bryant III (Karima), Racheal Vaughn (David), Sharnia, and Shauntae; great grandchildren Keith (Jessica), Jalen, Clarence, Kylan, Khloe, Kora, Kiara,
Ra-Quan, Danaya, Dareon, Akil, Zion, Niani, Joseph, Frank, Samuel, Isis, Quintana, Evalise; great great grandchildren Harmony, Jocelyn, and Kiannah; sisters Gloria W. Nelson, Marion V. Russell, and Frances G. Wilson; brother-in-law Robert Wilson; uncle Theodore V. O’Kelly; nieces Sharon G. Nelson, Jacqueline D. Miles, Michele J. Watson, Kathleen M. Miles, Maryann Miles; nephews Clifford G. Nelson, Akbar A. Shabazz, Michael R. Miles, Bruce B. Miles, Francis Russell, and Dexter A. Russell and a host of family and friends.