Summer fireflies, glowing flashes of light in the summer sky reminding us no matter your age, to live with a childlike enthusiasm for Life & Love, Friends & Family.
Susan Beth Harvey lived a life of full of enthusiasm, full of love, full of friends and full of family. She began her life on Feb. 13, 1950, in Parkersburg, born to Patricia Ward Gateman.
She grew up in Parkersburg with her older brother, Jeff Gateman, now of Florida, and her sister, Jill Bancheri now of Michigan. After graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1968, she attended West Virginia University until determining that playing bridge was not a major, finally completing her degree 20 years later, to much fanfare from her friends and family in the audience.
She then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she began what she called her "Greatest Gift," becoming a Mom. Oh what a wonderful Mom she is to her son, Jason Bullock and his wife, Cindy, and loving "BB" to their daughters, Marielle and Caroline. She excelled in the difficult role of both Mother and Father to Jason for many years with great enthusiasm, care, friendship and love. She is a wonderful example of how to live a full and exciting life that will not be forgotten or replaced.
In 2002 she began the great love of her life with her husband, Leonard A. Harvey. Together they shared and formed great memories of their times exploring and discovering the world. Quiet mornings watching the water ripple and wild animals play. Exciting trips to exotic places. Family gatherings in times of celebration. They share a life filled with great love for each other, their combined family and their many friends around the country and world.
Beth was late for most everything in her life, but unfortunately her life ended far too early on July 2, 2010, while enjoying a beautiful Canadian afternoon. Her friends and family can take comfort knowing she was healthy to the end, which was swift and painless.
She is survived by her husband, Len; Jason and Cindy and their daughters, Marielle and Caroline; mother, Pat; brother, Jeff (Lisa); sister, Jill (John) and their sons, Patrick and Salvatore; and her extended family of Brian and Ellie Harvey and their sons, Bruce and Liz Harvey and their sons and Christopher Harvey. Beth leaves behind a virtual treasure-trove of friends with whom she shares great memories. It did not matter if she was volunteering her time for the homeless or meeting heads of business and government, Beth had an uncanny knack of making everyone feel special, everyone a friend.
She is preceded in death by her uncle, Carl Ward; and her prior husband, Carl J. Bullock.
The family requests donations be made in Beth's memory to the Parkersburg Day Nursery or United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, both organizations near and dear to Beth for many years. At these and other organizations in the area Beth affected the lives of not only people she knew, but more important people she did not know. She made life better for countless others without thanks or acknowledgment. She did so because of her deep need to help and make life better for those around her.
Services are 3 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg. A reception to celebrate Beth's life will be held following at the Blennerhassett Hotel from 4-6 p.m. Viewings will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home.
The family requests those in attendance wear Beth's favorite color pink to celebrate and remember her extraordinary life.
Read Susan Harvey's Obituary and Guestbook on www.leavittfuneralhome.com.