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Barbara Mae Harvey

Posted November 07, 2012 in Beaverdale, Obituaries

June 19, 1930- October 27, 2012

Barbara Mae Harvey wqas born June 19, 1930 to Martha Wheels and Charles Rivers of Buxton, IA. She left Buxton with her family as a small child to relocate in Des Moines, IA. There, Barbara grew with her brothers Oscar, Charles, Norris and Alvin; and her sisters Vernetta, Julia and Mertilla.

Barbara met the love of her life, James Harvey Sr., in the year of 1957. Together they had six children. They were married 55 years.

As a young woman, Barbara attended Maple Street Baptist Church. Her hobbies included, cooking and going to Praire Meadows. She would keep her winnings to herself, hiding it under the rug. She was plain spoken so that you always knew where you stood with her. She also loved the blues, especially B.B. King.

Barbara Mae Harvey went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Preceding her in death were her daughter, Marilyn Maria harvey; parents Charles and Martha Rivers; grandson, Rineari Slaughter; brothers, Oscar, Charles, Norris, and Alvin Rivers; sisters, Vernetta Mills, Julia Beckwith and Mertilla Jefferson; and sister-in-law, Emma Rivers.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory is her loving husband, James Harvey Sr., James Harvey Jr. and Dennis Harvey (Tina Crawford); daughter, Diane Harvey, Monica Adair (Barry) and Jerrie Harvey, Dianndra and Destinee Palimore, Earl Harvey, Timica Lee, Timothy Lee Jr., Barry (Mookey) Adair Jr., Dontez Adair, Terreshia Young, Jerica Harvey, Whitney Brannon, Jalisa harvey, Jada Hawthorne, Jordyn, Shamya and Alijha hayes, C’ era Daily, Bree Wright, Alysia and Dajha Wright; along with thirty-four great-grandchildren.

With Barbara’s departure, she leaves behind a hole in our hearts thar only God can heal. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Information provided by:
Henderson’s Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 309-6550


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