Mary Marie Stauffer Harvey, Gering
Mary Marie Stauffer Harvey of Gering was born into new life on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Her memorial service will be held at the Gering United Methodist Church on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lauren Ekdahl officiating. Visitation at the church starting at 1:00 p.m. until service. A private family interment will be held prior at West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Gering or Northfield Villa Resident Association. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary was born March 12, 1923 in Omaha, grew up in the Swedish town of Oakland, NE, and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University where she met and married Walter Harvey. They moved to Gering in 1948 where Dr. Harvey was in medical practice and where they raised their 3 daughters. Mary had a passion for music, serving as director of the Children's Choir and accompanist for the Adult Choir at Gering United Methodist for many years, piano accompanist for several Gering High School musicals, President of the Community Concert Association for many years, and a singer in Valley Voices.
Mary and Walt loved to see the world, travelling to 32 countries and taking many family trips with their daughters and families.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband Dr. Walter C. Harvey, Jr., brother Russell Stauffer and sister Phyllis Stauffer Harrington, and son-in-law Greg Truog. She is survived by daughters Sara Harvey-Christensen (Scott), Jan Harvey Hubbell (Jaymes) and Laurie Harvey, grandsons Nathan(Autumn) and Adam Hubbell, great-grandson Wilder Jaymes Hubbell, and many extended family members and friends.
Mary loved flowers, birds, and especially people, being a friend of many and always gracious, kind and caring. She was recently described by a great-nephew as "a bright and special part of our lives, an example of class and positive energy, a remarkable and admirable woman." Her advice to her grandsons at the end of each letter or visit, if followed by all of us, would indeed make the world a better place: "Be kind, and don't do anything dumb."
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