Published 2:26 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023
FRANKLIN – Mattie M. Urquhart was born on Nov. 13, 1955 to the late Willie and Ruby Harris in Sampson County, North Carolina. She was called from labor to reward on Oct. 29, 2023. She was a resident of Southampton County, Virginia and a member of Chapel Grove United Church of Christ in Windsor, Virginia.
She was employed at Northrop Grumman for 39 years, retiring in 2018. She was very active in political, civic and community engagements throughout her lifetime. From the time of her youth until adulthood, Mattie was always considered a “protector,” and someone who fought and championed many causes. Whether for her immediate family or co-workers or friends, she was often admired and could be counted on to look out for others.
Mattie leaves to cherish her life, love and dedicated years of service and volunteerism: three daughters, Shantina “Tina” Harris of Baltimore, Maryland, Sheila J. Urquhart-Moura of Aurora, Colorado and Sheri A. Urquhart of Windsor; one son-in-law,Thyron Moura; two brothers, Lavern “ Buddy” Lewis (Esther) and Willie Harris (Sylvia); one sister, Louise Morgan (Leroy), all from Baltimore, Maryland; three sisters-in-law, Joanne Harris, Desiree Urquhart, Eileen Urquhart; one mother-in-law, Anna P. Urquhart; five grandchildren, Kendra Harris, Shaina Phillips, Gloria Phillips, Tré Urquhart-Ridley and Aysha Granger; six great-grandchildren, Charles Branch, Peyton Motley, Kensley Partlow, Braelyn Phillps, Kayden Horton and Kingston Jones.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly requests donations be made so they can be gifted to the following organizations in memory/honor of their mother: Lupus Foundation of America, American Heart Association (Susan G. Kormen) or Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus.