Minnie Ivy Harvey
Waldoboro — Minnie Ivy Harvey, 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Pen Bay Medical Center with her loving family at her side.
She was born on Swans Island on Feb. 18, 1925 the daughter of the late Everett and Marie Carter Staples. She grew up on the island and attended local schools.
She married her husband Sheldon Harvey on Munjoy Hill in Portland in 1942, the couple made their home in Portland while Sheldon was in the process of being drafted for World War II. After Sheldon could not be drafted, the couple moved back to Swans Island where they lived for 10 years before finally moving and settling in Waldoboro in 1953.
She was a homemaker and caregiver to many. When she was younger she would care for her brothers and then when she had children of her own she cared for them as well. She was a loving person but she carried a big stick and you wanted to make sure not to cross her. In her younger years she had beautiful gardens all around the house. She knitted trap heads for her husband’s lobster pots as well as helped paint the buoys for the traps as well. She was famous for making Christmas wreaths, a tradition she kept up with until just a few years ago. She was a great cook and enjoyed having everyone over to her house for meals, whether it was biscuits, clam fritters, pea soup, or a custard pie that no one could come close to matching no matter how hard they tried. A few years ago the family tried to put together a family cook book and went to her for some of her most famous recipies, she was not much help because nothing she made had a recipe and it all depended on what she had available and was famous for using a little of this and a little of that.
She was a lifetime member of the West Waldoboro Community Church. She loved her family and was fond of all of their get together throughout the years. She loved to travel and spent many Fourth of July’s camping in Jonesport and many Sundays spent at Seven Tree Pond in Union for family picnics. She enjoyed spending time at the lobster boat races in Bristol and in Jonesport, and was never afraid to teach her grandchildren how to drive; as soon as they had a permit in hand she had them behind the steering wheel. She looked forward to her annual trip to Swans Island in the spring where Rhoda, Debbie Sandborn, Valerie Hale, Marie Storer, and Lance and Brady would all go and clean up the family lots at Rose Hill Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Sheldon Harvey; brothers Herbert, Burt, Fern, and Leverett Carter; sister Mina Hildings; daughter-in-Law Sheryl Harvey; great-grandchildren Jeffrey and Crystal Harvey; and special friend Arlene Staples
Survivors include her sons Neil Harvey and his wife Barbara of Waldoboro, Wayne Harvey of Waldoboro, John Harvey of Swans Island; daughter Rhoda Harvey and her companion Randy Dudley of Waldoboro; grandchildren Rebecca Collyer and her companion Dana of Waldoboro, Shannon Harvey and his wife Jennifer of Waldoboro, Jason Harvey and his wife Kristen of Waldoboro, Joshua Harvey and his wife Leanne of Waldoboro, Sheldon Harvey and his wife Rachel of Waldoboro, Israel Harvey and his wife Randi of Waldoboro, Karen Glidden and her husband Troy of Waldoboro, Kristine Harvey and her companion Miff Ellis of Waldoboro, Wayne Harvey II of Waldoboro, Rhonda Simmons of Waterville, Jessica Ellis and her husband Ricky of Waldoboro, Heather Snyder and her husband Corey of Waldoboro, Matthew Harvey of Waldoboro, Tamiko Dodge and her husband Timmy of Waldoboro, Nicole of Vinalhaven, John Adam Harvey and his companion Shelly Cook of Swans Island, Jeremy Harvey of Waldoboro, Cassandra Harvey of Warren, Stephanie Dudley and her fiancé Lee Bennett of Waldoboro; great-grandchildren: Michael, Benjamin, Hannah, Ashton, Sarah, Dillon, James, Jared, Krysta, Chloe, Sophia, Bryent, Owen, Paige, Robert, Autumn, Troy, Makayla, Jeffrey, Natasha, Karl, Hailey, Anthony, Lilly, Gary, Nicki, Isiah, Dominique, Whitney, Zachary, Trevor, Shawn, Abagale, Kyle, Lance, and Brady; great-great-granddaughter Aubriannah; special companion Tippy and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St Waldoboro, ME 04572. A celebration of life will be held Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Woodman officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Minnie’s memory to the West Waldoboro Community Church C/O John Blamey 75 Ledgers Circle Waldoboro, ME 04572 You are invited to share your condolences, memories, photos, and stories with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com.