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Harriet Serrell Sherman

July 6, 1950 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 71)


Harriet Serrell Sherman, 71, of Pittsboro, North Carolina died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from a recurrence of breast cancer of which she was a 28-year survivor.

Harriet was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 6, 1950 to the late Victor E. and Katherine T. Serrell. She grew up in Pittsford, New York and was a graduate of Dana Hall and Wheelock College in Massachusetts. She received master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina and Library Science from North Carolina Central University.

Mrs. Sherman favorably influenced the lives of thousands of students throughout her extensive career as an educator. She began as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, Vermont before opening her own preschool in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. For the last 19 years of her career, she served as the media specialist at Chatham Middle School in Siler City, North Carolina.

In retirement, Harriet enjoyed traveling and became the family historian, documenting events of the past and present on her website. She was always appreciated and loved by friends and family for her kindness and delightful sense of humor.

Harriet is survived by her husband Wayne J. Sherman, son Micah E. Sherman, daughter Jessica E. Sherman, siblings Sally S. Young, Elizabeth S. Nord and Edward A. “Ted” Serrell, and a large extended family.

Due to COVID concerns, celebrations of her life will be held in North Carolina and Vermont in late spring 2022.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Harriet to the SECU Bryan UNC Hospice Home in Pittsboro ( or the CORA Food Pantry (

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