Nellie Hathaway Harmon

September 26, 1919 - January 18, 2003

09/26/1919 - 01/18/2003

Past Services

Thursday January 23, 2003
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

Nellie Hathaway Wildey Harmon, 83, died on Saturday, January 18, 2003 in Lake Taylor Hospital.

Born to the late Sylvester E. Hathaway, Sr. and Nellie Louise Walker-Hathaway, she was a school crosswalk guard.

She is survived by three sons, Richard Wildey and his wife, Carol, William Ray Wildey and his wife, Gail and Stephen W. Wildey, Sr. and his wife, Jean; two brothers, Sylvester Hathaway, Jr. and Milton Hathaway; sister, Willie Belle Rautenberg; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Pamela, Ray, Elizabeth, Steve, Jr. and Kimberly and thirteen great-grandchildren, Rhiannon, Joseph, Preston, William, II Cody, Connor, Katherine, Stephen, III, Chance, Dalton, Amanda, Danielle deceased, and Chandler deceased.

A memorial service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 11:00am.

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Jackie & Lonnie Yates
8 years ago

In memory of God’s child, Nellie Hathaway Wildey Harmon, we pray that God will be with those who now suffer her loss and will join together as she would have wanted.

Ephesians 4: 31,32 in the New Testament says:

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Rejoice in the knowledge that she is out of any pain and is with her heavenly FATHER.

In Christian Love, Jackie & Lonnie

8 years ago

My Nellie Louise- Where did time go? I wish we had had more time to enjoy each other. Now memories are all we have. When in 1936 we all, you, Willie Belle, Syl. and I sang ” It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie” on the way to Vermont in a new car Daddy was scared to drive. How we went shopping at Macy’s in New York and bought a new game called “Monopoly” and played it at a farm house where we were lucky enough to find rooms. Then there was a void for years due to the wars. WWII and the Korean. We drifted apart until the 70’s when we were lucky enough to get into each others lives again. I will remember our trips to Williamsburg and the fun we had. So much fun and togetherness there and in Newport News at your place. I’ll always remember you standing at the window, waving good-bye to Dolores & I when we left the last time. The phone calls we had to cheer each other up. You would always say “Hi Little Brother” and always end with “I Love You”. Now you are with all the Angels you so dearly loved and with Moma and Daddy. Soon the family will be together again when Willie Belle, Syl. and I get to heaven where we know you are with them. We will rejoice again. You were a great and loving sister and I loved you so much. A little love was all you ever wanted. Take care until I see you again. Now the pain is all over.

Love “Little Brother”


Edith Walker Gomer
8 years ago

Our love and sympathy is extended to each family member. God is gracious. Nellie will remain in our fondest memories. She returns to the arms of her loved ones, awaiting for the hour we will again be together. We will rejoice in the knowledge that Nellie is now at rest.

Willie Belle Rautenberg
8 years ago

Sunny Girl was a special sister, and I will have her in my prayers, as well as her sons, Dickie, Billy Ray, and Scooter. God Bless them all, Love, Aunt Willie Belle

Dolores Lee
8 years ago

The memories I have of Nellie Louise are those I wasn’t fortunate enough to share with my mother. I guess you were my surrogate Mom. Memories of planting pansies, “sailin”, Dollar Store bargain hunting, trips to the cemetary to visit your Moma & Daddy. To the “Circle” for lunch where we both delighted in cheating on our diets. Christmas shopping at the “Pottery Barn”, a pedicure together. Singing Christmas Carols in front of the Court House in Williamsburg, tho we nearly froze to death! Oh my! The wonderful afternoon teas at the Inn where we indulged ourselves shamelessly! Christmas Eve services at Bruton Parish church. And the ultimate- breakfast in our room in our toastie jammies, a treat for us both from Milton. I’ll miss you so, but in our short time together we shared so much. Nellie, I know you’re “hanging in there”, but surrounded now by your precious Angels and God’s Blessed Love.


Your “Sis”

Dolores Lee Hathaway

Kimberly Wildey
8 years ago

To my dad… you are the strongest, bravest soul I have ever known. You always have been the one to keep our family strong through the worst of times. I am comforted by the knowledge that Granny is now with OUR FATHER! All the suffering and pain that she had… He has taken away from her. He has made her perfect again. Her loss is more devistating than we all know how to deal with. We did the best with the time we were given. I have a little guilt because had I not be selfish by moving her closer, she would have never fallen. But, we would have missed out on so much time. She loved each and every one of us regardless of how they treated her. Her love will shine though each and every one of us. God, bless our family and comfort us during this time. We take comfort in knowing that she is safe at home, free of pain, free of suffering. She has been our Angel on Earth and now will watch over us from Heaven. Thank you for the time you allowed us to have with her. In Christ name, we pray, Amen.