Harriett Jean Davis Tripp, 86, of Iowa City, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at her daughter’s home in the presence of her children. In accord with her wishes, cremation and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Her body has been donated to the University of Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, Planned Parenthood, or the University of Iowa College of Nursing.
Harriett Davis was born on July 28, 1924, in Perry, to Clara (Lewis) and Edward Davis. After graduating from Perry High School, Harriett attended the Iowa Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, and was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps. She received her nursing diploma in 1945.
Harriett married Robert S. Long in April of 1944 and moved to Stanhope, Iowa. Harriett returned to Perry following her divorce in 1948, and worked as a private duty nurse. She married Charles Robert Tripp on October 30, 1950, and was happily married for the next 41 years until Chuck died in 1991.
She is survived by two children, Toni Tripp-Reimer of Iowa City and Todd (Wendy) Tripp of North Liberty; four grandchildren, Erika (Nathan) Derrick of Cedar Rapids, Cortner (Liana) Reimer of Iowa City, Whitney Tripp and Spencer Tripp, both of North Liberty; and three great-grandsons, Jacob, Noah, and Davis Derrick.