September M. Harkey

September 1, 1974May 7, 2018

September Matteson Harkey - May 7, 2018

Precious mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and beloved teacher to all.

September Matteson Harkey was born on September 1, 1974 in Bellevue, Washington and settled in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1992, September graduated from North Springs High School. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996, with a degree in mathematics.

September taught math at Harrison High School, The Walker School and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. She took great pride and received much joy from her work in the classroom and was loved and respected by students and faculty.

On July 29, 2000, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Zachary Harkey. Their two daughters, Alexa and Lily, born in 2003 and 2006 respectively, are the light and love that continue to exude their mother’s magnitude.

September is survived by her husband, Zachary Harkey, and their daughters, Alexa and Lily, mother, Virginia Matteson, and father, William Matteson, sister and brother-in-law, Michaeline & Ed Roland, brother, Shane Matteson, and father & mother-in-law, Steve and Suzanne Harkey. She is also survived and will forever be loved and cherished by her large extended family and friends.

September’s celebration of life will be held Tuesday, May 15th at 4:00pm at Heritage Sandy Springs 6110 Blue Stone Road Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the September's Memorial Garden Fund at


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 15, 2018

September M. Harkey

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May 17, 2018

Lily Harkey

May 16, 2018

My mom september harkey is the most brave and strong person I know. Once 2 years age for Alexa, my sisters birthday we went to Lake Tahoe. The doctors had said don't do anything to dangerous to hurt her back. But the next day she was the one leading the pack on hikes, bike rides, and even a ropes course. She knew what to do and did it all like a boss. And the thing about that trip it made her just a little better spiritually and physically. She's more than just my mom she's my best friend!! I love you mama!!

Chelsea McMillan

May 10, 2018

So grateful to have spent time with the amazing & beautiful September Harkey + fam in one of her favorite spots. I’m one of many who can honestly say they are a better person for knowing her. September = graceful, courageous, witty, wise, determined, hilarious, compassionate, patient, super smart & she simply makes life more fun. Thank you September for taking me in (literally) on the first day we met & treating me like part of the family ever since. September will always be on my mind and in my heart. Love you guys.

Samuel Ward

May 9, 2018

Mrs. Harkey (or Ms. Madison as I knew her) was an unbelievably sweet and caring person. I was a difficult student to wrangle, and, despite that, September was patient enough to see that much of my misbehavior was an outlet for my frustration. She worked extra hard with my parents to get me on the right track in Math, which was then one of my worst subjects - and I've since gone on to become a software engineer. Thank you, Ms. Madison and Rest In Peace.