Harriet Joyce Hawkins

Jul 6, 1928 - May 27, 2020


In the words of Harriet Joyce Hawkins

Harriet Joyce (Greenwood) Hawkins was born on July 6, 1928, in Roslyn, Washington to the late, Samuel and Ethel Cravens. She was the 4th of thirteen children.

She confessed her love and hope in Christ by being baptized at an early age and joined Goodwill Baptist Church.

She received her BA degree from Central Washington College of Education, Graduate work at Seattle University. She was a retired teacher.

Harriet was:

A Protestant, at Cle Elem Church of Nazarene. She was active in mission society; she was a member of the “Lydias’ prayer group; choir member and also soloist for the Lord; and volunteer (active) in different places.

Organizations: Delta Sorority and various organizations.

Organizational activities: President of some, board members of others, officer of some. Social activist.

Organization Friends and Associates: Back Pioneers Association Upper County Involvement Group, church members family and friends.

Occupation: Retired teacher. Harriet Hawkins was one of the first African American teachers in Oregon State.

Family Activities or Special Family Functions: Roslyn Black Pioneers floats. Black Pioneer Friends and Family picnic. Speaker for various schools, libraries, and civic organizations; and social organizations concerning black history.

Personal Activities: I lobbied for the poor people, marched and demonstrated for justice and peace. I did all I could to bring about changes that would benefit all. I pray and have a concern for the lost and Christian brothers and sisters.

Hobbies: Read; music; collector- love my pretties; write poetry, songs, and personal memoirs. T.V. and movies.

Favorite Places: Church and restaurants, cemeteries and the woods any place near water; beaches, lakes, rivers, sea, and oceans.

One of the Places on earth I have enjoyed the most: Jamaica, Germany, and Israel.

Three activities I have enjoyed the most: Going to Europe & Caribbean island. Attending church conferences. Shopping and buying.

Her favorite poem or scripture: “God’s love is sufficient” “Nothing Shall Keep Me From the love of God”

Her favorite song or Music is: “Just a closer walk with thee” “He’ll Understand and say Well Done” “What a friend we have in Jesus” and “Precious Memories”

Her Favorite Flower: White Roses

Her Favorite Color: Pink and Blue

Her unfinished work is: writing my recollections of being a black coal miner’s daughter in Roslyn; booklet written as beginning.

I Want My Family to Remember Me For being a Christian and being there for them, because I love deeply

A message for My Family and Friends:

“God is my light and life. I pray that all will come in the knowledge of him as Savior, and love one another, accepting individuals where they are at. THERE IS HOPE”

Harriett made a peaceful transition on Wednesday May 27, 2020. She was known for her love of family and friends always sending out cards for every occasion to her loved ones.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories son Ricci (Gina) Greenwood of Lansing, Illinois, daughters Merrilee Smith of Seattle, WA and Rose-Ethel Finister Harris of Seattle Washington; Sisters, Kanashibushan (Iona) and Ethel Sweet; Brothers, Wesley Cravens, William Cravens, Nathaniel Cravens. Grandchildren Ricci L. Greenwood, Jr, Diana Greenwood, Foxxy Cyprian, Lee Mason Dupay, D’Andre’ Greenwood, D’ante’ Harris, Quintin Harris, Cortlee Harris, Chamara Smith, Richella Smith, Treyvon Steinhauer, Lanice Ware, Lavonnel Ware, Trevor Greenwood.


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I am so very sorry for your loss! I wish I could be there with you today for the service! As you know, I live with my Mom. I’m sorry I never met your dear Mom, Rose! What a wonderful lady she was! I know that someday I will meet her in heaven! What a glorious wonderful day that will be! God Bless you during this sad time. May you find peace and strength with the comfort of God and your loved ones today. I hope you and I can get together sometime soon! Love you, my dear friend!

Rosalind Craven-Tarkington
Rosalind Craven-Tarkington

June 8 ………………PRAYING FOR YOU FAMILY WE ARE FAMILY!!!! AUNT JOYCE I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO MET YOU BEFORE YOUR TRANSITION. It makes me feel good to know other family members that love God with all their heart their minds & their souls like I do. I have the same prayer shawl and will use it more often and think of you each time I wear it. SLEEP ON AUNT JOYCE SEE YOU IN THE MORNING – ON THAT GREAT GETTING UP MORNING!!!! With Love From Your Texas Family Connie Craven-White, Rosalind Craven-Tarkington and the Entire Family!!!!! VERSE… Read more »


I love ❤️ you Aunt Joyce,
Your niece – Nefertari I.