Harriet Ellen Best Sweeton, aged 90 years, of Ocean Grove, NJ passed away at home on Dec 10, 2023. Born June 11, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA to Harry and Tina Best. Raised in Devon, PA.
Harriet graduated in 1951 from Friends Central Quaker School in Overbrook, PA before going on to study Music Education at Temple University. She loved music and had the “voice of an angel”. During her time at Temple University, she sang under the direction of Elaine Brown including performances at Carnegie Hall. She attended concerts at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, including the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy, and Arthur Rubinstein. Harriet studied piano from an early age and played classical piano beautifully on her Baldwin Baby Grand Piano. She loved Brahms, Chopin and Rachmaninoff and other Romantic composers. She sang with a number of local choirs for many years including the Monmouth Civic Chorus and the Shrewsbury Chorale. She also sang with church choirs including Tower Hill Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank, NJ for many years.