Born: January 17, 1932
Died: March 03, 2014
Valerie Brown Harty, 82, was called home to our Saviour on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD following a prolonged and valiant fight against Parkinson’s disease and a myriad of health issues.
Valerie was born on January 17, 1932 in Danbury, CT to William McKinley Brown and Addie Elizabeth Brown. Raised in Danbury, she attended Danbury High School and went on to attend and graduate from the Lincoln School for Nurses in the Bronx, New York. While earning her nursing degree she met and eventually married Warren C. Harty on October 4, 1953. From this union sprang three sons, David C. Harty, Kevin W. Harty, and Dana J. Harty.
Valerie was the first black registered nurse to be employed by Danbury Hospital, the first, but not the last time she fought against racial discrimination. After the family relocated to New York City, she and Warren raised their three sons and Valerie worked as a registered nurse for a variety of hospitals and other employers, including the New York State Correctional system and for General Motors at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY. She was very involved with the New York City school system as an activist with the NYC Board of Education Parents Association, advocating for equal treatment for minority students in a system riddled with institutional racism.
She relocated to Maryland in 2005 (after the death of her beloved husband Warren in 1982) in order to be closer to her immediate family. She dearly loved any time spent with her grandchildren, three of whom live in Maryland and two living in Texas. Before Valerie became ill, she had a beautiful singing voice and sang at family functions, in clubs and with a choral group in Monroe, NY
Valerie is pre-deceased by her husband, Warren C. Harty and her youngest son, Dana J. Harty. She is survived by two sons, David C. Harty (Lynette) and Kevin W. Harty, Sr. (Theo), a daughter-in-law , Kathi (Dana), three grandsons, Kevin W. Harty, Jr., David C. Harty, Jr., and Damon C. Harty; two granddaughters, Kandyce M. Harty and Dana Y. Harty. Her surviving siblings include three brothers, William M. Brown (Jackie), James E. Brown, David J. Brown (Geri); three sisters, Beverly Wade, Mary Callahan, and Patricia F. Brown, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Valerie Harty’s extended family of loved relatives and friends literally spans the globe!
On Monday March 10, 2014, visitation will be at 10 AM at Woodstream Church at 9800 Lottsford, Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721 followed immediately by a funeral service at 11 AM at the same location.
Flowers may be sent directly to Woodstream Church or, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Valerie Harty’s name to the United Negro College Fund or to a Parkinson’s Research foundation.