Mary Harvey, 96, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2018, at the Grandview Heights Rehab and Healthcare Center in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 201 E Church Street in Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018, at the Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W Main Street in Marshalltown. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Mary was born August 17, 1921, in Chesterfield, England to Thomas and Elizabeth (Clayton) Wholey. She was the youngest of seven children. She attended Shirebrook Private Girls' School. In 1939, she matriculated with an Oxford School Certificate. She became a governess to the Bishop of Halifax's daughter. In 1941, she was conscripted into the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and served four years in various stations in the British Isles. In July 1945, in Chesterfield, England, she was married to Warren Harvey of the U.S. Army. In 1946, they returned to Marshalltown. Mary was a "War Bride". In marriage they raised nine children. Mary was a homemaker and loved to cook for family and friends. She enjoyed making jams and jellies. Her favorite dessert was "English Sherry Trifle" which she shared wither her family and friends. She volunteered for her church in many capacities and visited members in nursing homes. Mary was a member of the Britannia Club which was open to all women born on English soil. She loved to knit and made many afghans for all her children and grandchildren. She always had an English garden with roses being her favorite. When her children were all raised, she went to work at the Iowa Veterans Home in the dietary department and enjoyed all the residents and the friends she met there.
Left to cherish her memory are daughters: Victoria (Jack) Smith of Cheyenne, WY, Jacqueline (Tom) Martin of Osage, IA, and Wendy (David) Hall of Bartlesville, OK, and sons: Ken (Julie) Harvey of Marshalltown, John (Tracy) of St. Anthony, IA, and Tim Harvey of Marshalltown. She had 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren, daughter Elizabeth, sons David and Matthew, two brothers, and four sisters.
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I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Mary's family. I was a good friend of her daughter, Liz. and also her daughter-in-law Julie. I'm sorry to hear of Mary's passing . Though I did not know her extremely well, when I did have the opportunity to run into her or visit with her when ever she came into the hospital, she was always up beat and pleasant. I believe Mary lived a very full life and was always proud of her heritage. I always enjoyed talking with her and listening to her British accent. A wonderful lady she will be missed.
To Mary's family:
Karl and I are saddened to read about Mary. We are in Pensacola, FL. Just last night we saw Mary's picture in the Times-Republican. We used to live two blocks north of where most of you grew up. Our son Jim and Matt were good buddies. Mary and I were in Britannia Club together. I think it was in 1971 or 1972 that Mary invited me to join. Karl and I saw Mary at her 95th birthday party at Julie and Ken's. Mary was a loving and sweet lady. We will miss her. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you.
Lovingly, Dorien and Karl Putman
My deepest condolences to the family, losing a loved one is never easy, God Bless Robin Hunt
My Deepest Sympathy to you all. Mary was a great inspiration to everyone .
Her strength, love and compassion was a great virtue to all. Keep all your precious memories forever close to your heart always.
Laurie Hausafus and Nick
My thoughts are with all of Mary's family. I'm truly sorry for your loss. I always had so much respect for this amazing lady with a HUGE heart. I'm sure she will be missed by many.
Mary was a co-worker of mine at IVH for many years. She always had such a pleasant attitude toward everyone she came in contact with. Even after she retired, we still kept in touch. I always enjoyed her company so very much. I will miss her greatly.
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I am a friend of one daughter. WENDY Hall. I Never met Mary which I regret.
What a lovely lady who had a beautiful smile.
Betty Hardin. Bartlesville. OK..1
Mary worked with my Mom, Helen Prazak, at the Veterans Home. She was a kind hearted and loving lady. She has been placed in many hearts. My sincerest condolences to the Harvey family. She will never be forgotten.
John ,Tracy and Mary's Family so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family .Love and hugs to you John and Tracy
Jackie and family I always enjoyed running into your Mom at 13 th Street when I was with my Mom. I know hard hard this loss is. I will always remember coming to your home in Junior High and being so welcomed by her. Will be thinking of you ❤️
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