Mother who saw son graduate early passes away

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SALISBURY — Harriet Pinkston, the terminally ill woman whose last wish was to watch her son graduate from high school, has died.
Pinkston, 55, passed away today at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Family and friends worked with the hospital and North Rowan High School to arrange an early graduation ceremony March 26 in the Rowan Regional chapel.
Pinkston, who could not speak and relied on a ventilator, attended the ceremony in a special hospital chair with a nurse and respiratory therapist at her side. She watched son Jesse Pinkston, 17, in his cap and gown receive a diploma from North Rowan Principal Darrell McDowell.
The chapel was filled to overflowing with relatives, friends and hospital staff.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Summersett Funeral Home.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.