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Donna's funeral was on Saturday, June 9, 1990. Services were conducted by Dr. H. Beeker Hicks, Jr., at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC.


Mrs. Viola C. Harrod left the arms of her loving family for eternal rest on Monday, June 4,1990 after a brief illness at George Washington University Hospital. She was born at Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C. on October 12,1895 and was educated in the D.C. schools.

She married L. Irvin Harrod, Sr. and the couple moved to his home in Steelton, PA. Subsequently, she returned to Washington where she remained until her call to Heaven. She was a compassionate woman who contributed much to the well-being of others, helping them attain their goals in life. Viola was also pleasantly assertive for her time. She enjoyed a successful entrepreneurship from 1947 to 1971 as sole proprietor of a summer guest house in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

She was an early member of the National Capital Chapter of the American War Mothers. Viola served as Chapter President and D.C. State President. She was demmited in 1948 to Datcher Chapter No. 7 Order of the Eastern Star as a Past Matron from the Pennsylvania State Sheba Chapter No. 32.

Viola was a devoted member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church which she joined in 1933 under the pastorship of Dr. E.C. Smith. She held memberships in the Missionary Society, the Women's Club and was Chairman of the Steering Committee. She assisted in bringing the "Church Women United" to Metropolitan. She retired at 80 years of age from her church responsibilities to enable the youth to have their opportunity. In her words, "With our young new pastor's leadership and assistance they ar doing a wonderful job. I enjoy just sitting back and watching them."

Mrs. Harrod is survived by three devoted children: Evelyn H. Wilkins, Dennette A. Harrod, and LeRoy I. Harrod. A [foster] son, Earl A. Harrod, preceded her in death. Also 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 3 daughters-in-law and scores of other loving family and friends.


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