Harriett died on February 2, 2015, at the age of 99. She began her studies at Kalamazoo College in January of 1933. She majored in English and became president of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Delta. During 1935 and 1936 she was editor of The Index. She earned straight As, completing her degree in three years. Harriett worked as a newspaper reporter on The Ionia Sentinel, then edited for the textbook division of Harcourt, Brace & Company in Chicago before moving to Hollywood, California, where she met and married Ben Lindsey. Subsequently, she wrote articles for The East Whittier Review and became active in church and community affairs.