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Veilleux Funeral Home

8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME

OBITUARY

Harriet F. Hosea

November 4, 1934October 16, 2019
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WATERVILLE - Harriet Frances Hosea (Sawtelle), 84, of Waterville, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 16 at Lakewood Continuing Care, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Crommett Street in Waterville on November 4, 1934, the daughter of Arthur C. and Ruth (Fotter) Sawtelle . She grew up in Waterville and attended the Advent Christian Church and Waterville High School. She received her teaching degree at Farmington State Teachers College where she graduated in 1956.

Harriet met the love of her life, Lowell Amos Hosea, at an Advent Christian camp meeting. She asked him to hold her purse for a moment and after that, they held one another’s heart. The two were married on July 28, 1956. They were the proud parents of five children, Chip, Julie, Tim, Dennis, and Jeff. Lowell and Harriet lived a simple, yet beautiful life that was built on hard work and centered on Christ. Their home was rooted in faith, laughter and love and that legacy has trickled down throughout the generations.

At the heart of Harriet’s home was her piano, which she began playing when she was five years old. Her family has such fond memories of gathering around and singing beloved hymns and carols. Music was part of who Harriet was. She used her gift to bless others in the community, including the nursing home where she resided. She played for many local churches including Calvary Temple and Getchell Street Baptist church and was honored to play for the Billy Graham Crusade. She was always pleased to play the piano for the Lord whenever asked, but what brought her the greatest delight was playing alone in the living room of her home for her Savior. She would walk across the creaky floor and sit at the piano bench, a small light flickered on the piano top, and she would pour out her heart through song to her Lord, “as if it were the amphitheater of the world”.

Together, Lowell and Harriet successfully ran Hosea’s Strawberry Farm on the Rice Rips Road in Oakland. Their children and grandchildren would work alongside them, as able, running the stand, planting/picking berries, and working in the strawberry hut. Lowell passed away January 14, 1993 and the strawberry farm was closed the following year.

Harriet was a beloved teacher in the community. She started her career at Clinton Elementary School and went on to teach at Colby College Nursery School. She finished her teaching career at Temple Academy where she was overjoyed to instruct several of her grandchildren. In her later years in life, Harriet worked at the Maine Made Shop. She loved serving the community of Waterville and greeted everyone with a smile.

Harriet’s greatest joy was her family. She was a devoted wife and mother and was blessed beyond measure to have such a large family. She would carry around a photo album in her purse to show others of her treasured blessings and would brag often about her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harriet enjoyed having large gatherings at her house centered around food and family. Her love warmed the room and even if you were the only person in her presence, she had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world.

Harriet was a woman of grace and dignity. Her faith was unwavering, even in the midst of hardship. She spoke of her Savior and reflected His love in both word and deed all of her days. Harriet spoke with wisdom and faithful instruction was always on her tongue. She was the matriarch of the Hosea tribe and we arise and call her blessed. Many women do noble things, but you, our precious mother and grandmother, you surpass them all.

Harriet is survived by her children; Julie Gee and her husband William of Belgrade, Lowell (Chip) Amos Hosea Jr. and his wife Anna of Albermarle, N.C., Timothy Hosea and his wife Wendy of Oakland, Dennis Hosea and his wife Dixie of Clinton, and her beloved daughter in law, Angela Hosea of Oakland. She will be fondly remembered and missed by her 12 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was reunited in heaven with those who went before her including her husband Lowell Hosea, her youngest son Jeffrey Alan Hosea, her brother Arthur “Bud” Sawtelle, and sister Marilyn Dickey.

A memorial service will be held at Veilleux Funeral Home at 8 Elm Street in Waterville, Maine on October 21, 2019 at 2:00 in the afternoon, please visit their website www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage and share your condolences with Harriet’s loved ones. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Lakewood Continuing Care in Waterville, especially the extraordinary staff at Moonlight Bay where Harriet was the past three years. Your love and respect both to our precious Harriet over the years, and to the family as we stood vigil for the past week, was beautiful to witness. Thank you for your gift of love.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, October 21, 2019

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Pam Schutte (Bragg)

October 19, 2019

A life full of love is the hardest to lose. Harriet was the epitome of a loving person in every interaction I had with her. She was always smiling and encouraging others. Along with picking lots of berries at the strawberry patch, I remember having fun with Harriet in the Calvary Temple choir especially when we were the tenor section. Strength and peace to the Hosea family as you deal with Harriet's passing.

Cindy Michaud

October 19, 2019

I worked with Harriet at The Maine Made Shop for several years. She was such a kind, sweet lady. Her love for her family and the Lord was so inspiring to me. She's one of those people that brings a smile to my face when I think of her. Sending all of her family our condolences. You were blessed to have such a wonderful mom. May she rest in peace with her beloved Lowell. 😇

Dave & Deb White

October 18, 2019

Dave and I both have many find memories of Harriet. Dave had her as a teacher at Clinton Elementary and I got to know her at Calvary Temple. We spent many evenings visiting with Harriet and Lowell when we were first married and they were role models for us as a couple. I have been thinking of the reunion that began when Harriet arrived in heaven and am praying that the God Harriet and Lowell loved and served will hold the daily close as they are missing her.

Debbie Wright-Theriault

October 18, 2019

I remember Mrs. Hosea , she was a teacher at Clinton Elementary in the 70's when I went there....She was so warm and kind and I'm saddened to see her obituary. She was a wonderful person! I'm sure all of her students feel the same....as she was just so nice to us.

Marcia Hosea, Stevens

October 18, 2019

I have so much love for my sweet Aunt Harriet. She was such an extraordinary person and showed love to everyone that came in contact with her. She was more like a Mom to me when I was a teenager. On my frequent trips to Portland, first with my Jarrod for cardiology appointment and multiple surgeries, then my sweet little girl Brittany, who went home to be with Jesus, we always stopped to visit on our way through Waterville. I could always count on a hug, kiss and a smile. Brittany loved those visits so much. What an amazing woman of God my Aunt Harriett was. I will never forget her kindness. I am sure there is a sweet reunion going on in heaven.

Laurie Columbia

October 18, 2019

Harriet was a gentle role model for me. She helped me as a teacher, mother, and wife. I remember her playing the piano and accompanying many of the church cantatas. Her love for her family was evident in the joy they gave her. She will be sorely missed. 🍓
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Harriet sitting on the front porch. 1935

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Harriet and her older sister, Marney. 1935

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Harriet and Marney, sisters and friends.

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Harriet sitting on the front porch. 1935

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Harriet and her older sister, Marney. 1935

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Harriet and Marney, sisters and friends.

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Harriet and her friend in grade school.

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1940s

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From front to back: Harriet, a neighborhood friend, and Marney.

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Harriet and baby brother, Bud.

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Naturally beautiful.

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Fun in the sun in the 50's.