Mary Louise Harvey
June 8, 1925 – October 5, 2019
MARY LOUISE HARVEY June 8, 1925 to October 5, 2019
It is great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great, great grandmother, Mary Harvey.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lyall Edward Harvey (1997), sisters Sadie and Ruth, brothers Bill, Joe, Alvin and Clifford.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children Mary (Bob), Carol and John; her grandchildren Rick (Tammy), Sherene, Mack (Paige); her great grandchildren Lyndsey, Ella, Leo, Milo, and Ivy; her great, great grandchild Saydee; her only surviving sibling, Micki McDougall, plus several nieces and nephews.
Mom was born on June 8, 1925, in Souris, Manitoba to Mary and John Meadows, and grew up in Maryfield, Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school, she moved to Winnipeg where she worked at Standard Aero and later, the Winnipeg School Division.
In 1947 she met dad and they were married in 1948. Together they raised their family and in 1949 they found beautiful Trout Lake, Ontario and built their summer family cottage. They were the first family on the lake and over the years they built properties which flourished into a thriving Trout Lake community. Mom spent 67 summers there until her health prevented her from going.
Mom was warm, fun loving and she loved being a home maker. She was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake. She made the best pies in the world and Blueberry Buckle Cake was one of her specialties.
At mom's request, cremation has taken place and a private family service was held on Friday, October 11.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Mary Louise Harvey
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October 18, 2019
Dear Grams ,I don’t know what more to say other thanThankYou! Thank you for your love and support all these years.Thank You for all the Great Christmas dinners and all the family get togethers.Thank you for the years of enjoyment at the lake and all your stories you had to share.Thank you for leaving me with such a wonderful family.Thank You mostly for being you.I will deeply miss you and love you forever.
October 16, 2019
Grandpa always called me Maxwell (even though my name is Mack) when he felt I was being smart. Over the years, in turn, I would sarcastically call my grandpa ‘Grampswell' and my grandma ‘Gramswell.’
Gramswell, it was October 3rd, and I was driving to a meeting when Mom called me to say that I should come to the hospital to see you as soon as I could get there. I hurried over to the hospital and was able to share a great moment with you, like we have shared so many times in the past. The next day, October 4th, I worked all day, but felt anxious that I really needed to go back to see you again, as I feared I didn’t have much time left to do so. When I arrived, you were resting in your bed, so I sat beside you and reflected.
I thought about the countless times you would drive me to Trout Lake so that I could spend my entire summer with you out there. I know I would often complain that when driving to the lake with you, I had to commit to at least an extra 45 minutes travel time, as you always drove a little below the speed limit just so you could maintain all of your merits. Looking back, it was a magical way to spend the summer as a child; no responsibilities; just swimming, playing with friends, and enjoying card games at night with our neighbours. I have great memories of me, grandpa, Aunt Ruth and you playing Ski, and listening to some of your stories of how life was when you were kids. I never got bored listening to the stories; I just enjoyed thinking about what life must have been like in your era. I always felt spoiled out at the lake. Maybe it was because of always having blueberry buckle cake or pie after dinner.
I remember you pulling me aside on my wedding day to tell me that you could really see that I was happy, and that everything people said about Paige and me that day, was true. That moment meant so much to me. May I also add that you were one of the last guests to leave my wedding party that night!
Gramswell, you loved your family so much, and you really enjoyed family get-togethers. You always had a soft spot for the boys in the family. As much as it sometimes annoyed the girls in our family, I ate it up. I think the reason you favored the boys was because you felt they needed more help and guidance, since we have some pretty strong ladies in our family.
One of my fondest memories of you, Gramswell, was the time you accidently drove your Lada into the lake. I guess you were trying to get a prime parking spot closer to the water, but you misjudged and drove right into the lake. There were no cell phones in those days, but we did have an old party-line phone system, and before we knew it, everyone on the lake wound up down at the landing offering help, but mostly they came down to tease you for your mistake. Back then it was like a village and it was really created by you and Grandpa. As everyone teased you, Gramswell, you simply laughed it off with such grace and started to pose for pictures. One of my favorite pictures was of me (at 8 years of age), Aunt Ruth and you, posing to make it look like the three of use were trying to pull your car out of the lake.
Gramswell, you taught me, that day, that it is a true gift to be able to laugh at yourself and not stress about things, even if it is an expensive mistake, like driving into a lake.
You were such an amazing Great-Grandmother to Milo and Ivy. You knit them mittens to keep their hands warm during cold days. You sent them money on their birthdays, making sure Paige and I put the money into their education fund, as that was important to you. Paige and I loved knowing that you wanted our kids to be successful by doing whatever you could do to help with that was so very special.
Gramswell, thank you for helping me have such beautiful childhood memories and helping me feel a part of something so special like I felt being part of the Trout Lake community. It is a special place to me and every time I am there, I will think of your smile and say, ‘Thank you.’ I love you so much and miss you.
Mack Hastings, Grandson….October 11, 2019
October 13, 2019
Dear Great Grandmother (and Great Great Grandmother):
Thank you for being the most genuine, kind, loving soul i had the pleasure of knowing. My memories of you are nothing but fond ones. You were the kind of person that could make anyone feel welcome in your home / surroundings.
Thank you for writing me letters throughout my childhood - I always looked forward to reading them and writing you back!
Thank you for spoiling me with your delicious baking and letting me sleep in at the cottage as late as i wanted in my earlier years.
Thank you for staying up with me at all hours of the night, just so we could play a few more games of skipbo!
Thank you for for all the laughs we shared and good memories we made.
Thank you for making me feel loved and special at every occasion.
Thank you for simply, being you!
I truly cherish all the wonderful moments that I had the pleasure of sharing with you. I will forever remember you and the amazing woman you were.
I look forward to sharing your legacy with our daughter, Saydee.
Love you so much GG...may you rest in peace.
October 13, 2019
Dear Grandma (continued)
You taught us how to love and fiercely protect our families. I think this is your most profound legacy of all. You always put your family first and you put in the effort to keep everyone connected and together. You were at your happiest when we were all with you. You accepted us for who we are and I can tell you that you always, always made me feel very loved. I think this is the greatest gift and legacy anyone could offer.
So ‘Thank You’ Grandma, for all that you are to us. We love you, we miss you, and you will forever be in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
Sherene Hastings, Granddaughter, October 11, 2019.
October 13, 2019
I felt like I wanted to talk to you today because I never got the chance to be by your side in your final moments to tell you that ‘I love you’ and to thank you for the very important role you played in my life.
Over this past week I have spent time reflecting on the many loving memories I have of you, and I have found myself thinking about your Legacy; thinking about all the important values you have passed onto us standing with you here today; values that have guided us and helped shape who we are.
When I think of all your influences on this family, there are some that are true standouts for me.
You taught us all to be hard workers. I rarely remember a time when you didn’t have a project on the go, whether it would be knitting a sweater or mitts, or painting out at the lake, or feverishly cleaning the cottage; you were always keeping busy. Given the vast collection of mops you acquired out at Trout over the years, it is fair to say you were a ‘clean freak.’
You taught us how to love and respect nature. You never missed a summer out at the cottage in 67 years, and I can honestly say, the ‘Trout Lake Experience’ is the best gift you and Grandpa could have ever given this family. I know we are all more well-rounded as people because of it.
You taught us to be politically-minded and often spoke of the importance of voting. While you may not have always been successful in converting all of us into Progressive Conservatives, you certainly instilled in us the value of being passionate about what we believe in.
One of the things I will always remember about you is how you taught us the importance of being slow and overly cautious drivers. Okay, well, maybe you just imparted this value onto Mom and Mack, but I think we can all agree with you that keeping a clean driving record and having all your driving merits is important!... (to be continued)
Sherene Hastings, Granddaughter, October 11, 2019.