Harriett Cullen Burr


Harriett Jean (Cullen) Burr, 76, of Strasburg, Va., peacefully passed away on May 27, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born in Parsons, W.Va., and lived a full life focused on family, friends, her passions, and faith.
Harriett threw herself into charities such as First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" programs. (Mrs. Reagan personally called to thank her for her efforts.) She was also a dedicated Cub Scout Den Leader; she helped write and direct a local TV show "Cumberland21502" focused on teenagers and the challenges they face. Harriett always volunteered in local libraries, loved to shop, was a member of the Red Hat Society, a devout Christian, and an avid reader. More recently she worked for Arrow Security training drug detecting canines for U.S. Customs in Front Royal, Va.
Most importantly, Harriett was a devoted, nurturing, and extremely loving mother to her four children and eight grandchildren.
Her mother, Eugenia Cullen, and father, Harry Cullen, predeceased her. Her mother Eugenia was her best friend and greatest confidant.
Harriett is survived by her four children, Mark Burr (Joy), Eric Burr (Lisa), Jonathan Burr (Noelle), and Gretchen Burr Englander (Adam), along with her eight grandchildren, Justin, Kristin, Alex, Kelley, Lyla, Hadley, Gianna and Milo.
She is also survived by her brother, Gary Cullen (Karen); nieces, Emily and Lindsay; and cousin, David Lanham (Judy).
Harriett cherished her friendships and spoke about each of them daily. In her last selfless act, Harriett donated her body to science at Donate Life of Maryland.
Harriett's children and spouses will host Celebration of Life services on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. at North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VCU Massey Cancer Center (https://www.massey.vcu.edu/giving/honorary/memorial/) or the Humane Society of Warren County (https://humanesocietywarrencounty.com/donate/) as she loved animals as much as humans.
While her departure is sudden, we celebrate her life in our memories and the lives of those she has impacted. We love you Mom.
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Published on May 28, 2019
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Pat cooke
May 29, 2019
We celebrated her birthday at Anthonys not very long ago. We always had a good time and found something to giggle about. She was a very strong presence and will be greatly missed.
Marilyn & Howard Newman
May 29, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you grieve together and soon celebrate Harriett's life, a life so very well lived. We will always cherish the special friendship and the good times we all had during our days together in Cumberland. May God bless each of you at this difficult time.
Barbara Landis
May 29, 2019
R.I.P. my dear Lovely friend.. I will miss our chats on Facebook. You were one of kind special lady...
May 28, 2019


God now has “A Very Special Angel”.

Harriette was known and loved by
many-I, being one of them.
She was a loving and caring and strong woman.
We first met at a meeting of a Red Hat group in Richmond.
We were friends from that moment on and forever .
She was there for me and helped me through some difficult times; I was so blessed to have had her as a friend and confidant.
I pray that I was able to bring her some joy, comfort and peace through her difficult journey.

God now has “A Very Special Angel”.

I was so blessed to have been able to visit her and have a fun time with her a few months ago.
I love her and will miss her dearly.
We were alw
...ays messaging one another.
This is a great loss to all who knew her.

🙏🏻God bless her family and those who were close to her.
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