A member of an Abbotsford pioneer family, Mary Edith Harvey (nee Tebbutt) passed away on Oct. 23rd, 2006 in MSA Cottage Pavilion having just celebrated her 97th birthday on October 10, 2006.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Stanley Francis Harvey (1938), James Allyn Harvey (1951); and her son Stanley Philip Harvey (1960); sisters Nancy Husdon (1949), Jose Sorenson (1977), Kathleen Ryans (2005), and brother Jim (1998).
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jim (Nonnie), London, Ontario; daughters Peggy (Joe Chute), Lytton, Rosemary (Allan Wilson), Tappen, BC; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great grandÂchildren; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. So many people have been deeply touched by her compassion and energy to see them succeed in their lives.
Mary Harvey was a well-known school teacher from 1952 to 1971, teaching at the one room school in Jubilee, then at Simpson Elementary. In her retirement she was very active in St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, particularly with the Sunday school. She was also a strong supporter of MSA Museum and gave many hours towards preserving the history of the area. She came to Abbotsford as an infant in 1911 with her parents, Thomas and Kate Tebbutt. They settled on property at the corner of Marshall and Gladwin Roads, where Highland Park is now located. After completing school in Poplar and Abbotsford, she went to Normal School to become a teacher.
In 1934 she went to teach in Mt. Lehman, where she married and raised her family. She was very active in the community, belonging to many organizations, and helped to form the Mt. Lehman Credit Union in 1942, becoming a board member and member #1.
Thank you to the staff at Valhaven, where she resided for over six years, and thank you to the staff at Cottage Pavilion for keeping her comfortable for her last 16 days.
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 2010 Guilford, at Marshall Road, on Friday November 17, 2006 at 1:30 p.m., followed by reception in the parish hall at the same location. Her ashes will be interred at Mt. Lehman Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Mary’s memory can be made to MSA Museum Society, 2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3O6.
Woodlawn Funeral Home