Born October 5, 1927 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of Martha Jaffe Kershenbaum and Morris Benjamin Kershenbaum. Harriet grew up in Washington and Arlington, and majored in Latin American history at American University. There, she met Donald Lynn, and they married shortly after graduation. Harriet worked for a time for the State Department, but found that, as a young, married woman, she was not given opportunities for advancement to the kind of job she had hoped for.
Harriet and Don raised three children, first in Herndon, VA and then in Arlington, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Harriet worked as a secretary and office manager, and volunteered in numerous Democratic campaigns. She and Don were early members of Fairfax Unitarian Church. They were active there for many years and Harriet served on various church committees. Through the church, they became involved in the civil rights movement and housed young people protesting the Vietnam War. Harriet proudly saved the stub from her train ticket from Washington to Alabama for the Selma to Montgomery march for civil rights led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965.
Harriet was in her element welcoming family and friends into her home, where she and Don hosted many family gatherings over the years. She loved to cook, and visitors were always well and deliciously fed. She and Don loved animals, and over the years their household included a number of dogs.
After she and Don retired, they spent several months each year in the village of Riverport, Nova Scotia. They made many friends there and enjoyed visits from their children and grandchildren. Harriet pursued her interest in making hooked rugs and was a founding member of a rug hooking studio in Nova Scotia.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Marmorella (Nicholas) and Anne Lynn; her grandchildren, Rebecca Olson, Teresa Marmorella and Anthony Marmorella; her daughter-in-law Rosa Gilda Lynn; her adopted son Carlo Contoreggi; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald Carter Lynn; her son, David Carter Lynn; and her sister, Alice Eiss.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 8 at 2:30 p.m. at The Jefferson, 900 N. Taylor St., Arlington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Simon Wiesenthal Center (www.wiesenthal.com), the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org), or a charity of one’s choice.