Harriet Womack-11-29-2021

Welcome to the
memorial page for 

Harriet Womack

September 2, 1928
~ November 14, 2021



VISITATION- Monday 11-29- 2021
Allen Chapel AME Church
214 Dewitt Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Tuesday 11-30-2021
Allen Chapel AME Church
214 Dewitt Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
11:00 AM

Monmouth Memorial Park Cemetery
4201 Rt. 33
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

Harriet Williams Womack, age 93 years of age, born September 2, 1928, departed life from this realm of existence in her sleep during the early morning hours of Sunday, November 14, 2021, while hospitalized at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.

Harriet was born in Sumpter, SC.  In 1936, her mother Edith Ricks brought 8 year old Harriet to Asbury Park, NJ and raised her as her oldest child along with 5 siblings: Sidney, Eleanor, Robbie, Chester and Dorothy.  Harriet became a life-long resident of Asbury Park.

Harriet attended Bangs Avenue School and completed her education at Asbury Park High School.  During her teen years, in the 1940's Harriet joined her family's church-Allen Chapel, AME and had been a dedicated member of the church and servant of the Lord all her life.  She loved Allen Chapel, her church family, and dedicated more than 80 years of service.

In 1953, Harriet married the late Charles Womack.  One of the first families to dwell in the newly constructed Boston Way Village, there, Harriet raised her two daughters Peggy and Sandra.  Eventually divorced, she endured hardships while raising her two girls; however, she worked two jobs simultaneously - a Nurse's Aide at Monmouth Medical Center and cleaning houses part time.  Harriet loved the job at the hospital.  In her element, she thrived.  Harriet was naturally a kind, compassionate, caring and loving person, so taking care of the sick was meaningful and very rewarding to her on a personal level.  She eventually became a Teacher's Aide at ICCC Head Start in Red Bank, NJ.

During the 1960's, Harriet became very active in service to the church and the community.  For our family, it was always "Ma" of "Mom" everybody went to for help, solace and guidance.  At Allen Chapel, Harriet served as a member of the Sunday school, choir and Young People's Division (YPD).  She was the founder and organizer of the Allen Youth Choir as well as an active member of the Steward Board.  She continued her service with the Church as a Christian Educator, Ministry of Music, member of the Lay Organization, Dance Ministry Music Coordinator, and YPD Director.

"Ms. Harriet" has served the community of Asbury Park for more than 60 years helping the youth population with organizing several clubs and organizations, including the Reneo's, the Trypaques, the All Stars, and the Shoredettes.  She hosted fashion shows, talent shows, slumber parties, and was the Boston Way Village mentor for a myriad of youths.

In Harriet's old age, she didn't want to completely relinquish working with children, so she worked as a crossing guard at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park.  Harriet lived a long life and was dearly loved by her children.

She is predeceased by Johnie & Laura Williams (biological parents); mother Edith Ricks; sisters Willia Mae Robinson, Eleanor Byrd & Dorothy Ricks; brothers Johnny "Boogie" Williams, Robert "Robbie" Ricks, and Bobby "Chester" Ricks.

Harriet leaves to mourn and celebrate her life: 2 daughters, Peggy Williams and Sandra Dow; 1 granddaughter, Rasheedah Carty; 1 great-granddaughter, Najla Williams and 1 great-grandson, Taj Carty.  She is survived by her brother, Sidney Ricks; aunt, Essie Mae Williams; uncle Nicholas Williams; 2 sisters-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, and godchildren; numerous cousins and many friends.

Harriet “Mom” leaves to mourn her two children, Peggy Williams and Sandra Dow; granddaughter, Rasheedah Carty; great-granddaughter, Najla Williams and great-grandson, Taj Carty.


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9 thoughts on “Harriet Womack-11-29-2021

  1. Sheila Corbin Williams says:

    Ms. Womack was one of the cornerstones of Allen Chapel church. I can still hear her bursts of laughter and her encouragement to the youth. Rest well–truly a good and faithful servant. My love and condolences to you, Sandy, and to Peggy, Nne and Najla.

  2. Diana Drayton says:

    I met Harriet when I lived in Boston Way Village raising my daughter. We became good friends and we worked at Headstart on Grand Ave in Asbury Park. I would sometimes visit Allen Chapel occasionally. We also were members of the Golden Girls club. We would laugh and joke around a lot. Sometimes we would have serious conversations. I will always cherish the friendship that we had. I will miss her greatly. She has earned her wings. Forever in my heart, gone but not forgotten. My condolences to Sandy, Peggy and the family.

  3. LaRonda Brown-Suit says:

    I forgot to leave my condolences to Peggy, Sandy, Rasheeda (Nne) and the rest of the family.

  4. LaRonda Brown-Suit says:

    RIP Ms. Harriet you lived an amazing life, thank you for being apart of my village in molding me into the woman I am today, I can remember your apartment in Boston Way just as clear as day I always wished to grow up and have an apartment just like yours. I used to think you were rich lol you were tough but always so sweet, job well done thy good and faithful servant.

  5. Karen Brown Stovell says:

    I offer my sincere condolences to Peggy and family. Your mother sounds like an incredible woman!
    The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

  6. Lavondra Williams says:

    Aunt Harriet thank you for all the love, support, and encouragement you have given me throughout my life. Thank you for the memories that I will forever carry in my heart. I love you Aunt Harriet. Rest in paradise. You will be missed but never forgotten.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Sandy and Peggy.

  7. Shirley Shepard says:

    To the Family of Harriet Womack Sorry to Hear about her passing may she RIP She will be missed
    Shirley Shepard Mindingall/Shepard

  8. Me.Louise Bailey says:

    Sandy, May God keep you & the family during not only this time but always. She will be greatly missed.
    Love, The Bailey Family

  9. Ms.Louise Bailey says:

    Mom Womack thank you for all your teachings, unconditional love & Wisdom you instilled in me, thank you for being the best GodMother ever,
    RIP, Love, Louise Bailey ( aka) Your LouLou.

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