Harriett S. Griffith of Rockport died peacefully on the morning of June 1, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

Born Oct. 1, 1923, in Tulsa, Okla., Helen Harriett was the younger of two daughters born to Flora Smith and Harry Smith, a prominent attorney. Capping a happy childhood of tree climbing and neighborhood baseball, she graduated from Holland Hall School and in 1941 enrolled at Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College) in New London, Conn.

Later, while working as a clerk in a record store, she met fellow Tulsan Robert Griffith, the son of an oil-industry executive. Intrigued by the young lady behind the counter, Bob became an increasingly frequent customer. The two married in Tulsa in 1948 and lived briefly in Caracas, Venezuela, where Bob went to work in the country’s burgeoning oil fields.

After World War II, the couple moved to suburban Washington, D.C. Harriett devoted herself to raising two daughters and a son, born between 1950 and 1955.

In 1973 the Griffiths retired to a 1783 center-chimney cape in North Waldoboro. Harriett reveled in country living, growing herbs and vegetables, writing a column for the local paper, and enjoying long walks in the woods with the couple’s beloved dogs. She poured her energies into a loving and faithful restoration of the antique cape and became an ardent cook and baker of breads. She and Bob moved to a new home in Rockport village in the early 1980s.

Throughout her adult life, the one-time tomboy from Tulsa delighted all who knew her with her irreverence and quick wit. An ardent bibliophile, she read voraciously until the last week of her life and instilled in her children and grandchildren an appreciation for language and a passion for the printed word. She was devoted to her home and found great pleasure in creating beautiful surroundings for those she loved. But she also took keen interest in the larger world, and her loyalty to her country and her friends endeared her to all.

Harriett is survived by her sister, Jane Gale Parr of Dallas, Texas; her children, Shelley Gale Griffith of Phillips, Field Hamilton Griffith of Glen Allen, Va., and Devon Gale Smith of Camden; and her grandchildren, Isaac Griffith-Onnen, Forest Griffith-Onnen, Benjamin Griffith, Emily Phillips and Diana Phillips.

Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Griffith family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.