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Nancy "Beth" Harvey

1946 ~ 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old


Imagine a woman who loved so deep that her love overflowed to towns, cities, states, and one beautiful country in Africa. Nancy "Beth" Reaves Harvey was born on July 20, 1946, in the sweetest of South Carolina towns, Mullins, South Carolina. The people of this town and Beth’s beloved mother, Nancy Dudley Reaves raised her and her brother, George Henry Reaves, III. Her deep love for this town and state always remained close in Beth’s heart. She made trips often to South Carolina, to Mullins and to Myrtle Beach to sit on the strand, enjoy the waves, laugh and be with her people, especially her sisters, Bette Barrineau and Helen George.

In her young adult years, she spent her summers in Virginia with her beloved Aunt and Uncle, Kathleen and Tom Habel and their sons. It was here, in the mountains of Nelson County, that she met her best friend, Vickie Adkins. Vickie and Beth, although complete opposites, became the best of friends and would soon live a lot of life together. It all began by Vickie introducing Beth to Vickie’s first cousin, Ronald Harvey.

Ron and Beth enjoyed their courtship and married on June 15, 1969. They lived their early years in Madison Heights, Virginia while Mom taught school in Nelson County. An early impact on Beth was the devastation of Hurricane Camille. After this horrible storm swept through, clean-up had begun and school was back in session, Beth arrived in her class to realize many of her students did not survive the flooding of Hurricane Camille. This created a deep heartache in Beth as a young schoolteacher.

In the early 1970’s Beth and Ron moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. These years were some of the most important of their marriage. They formed deep, life-long friendships and their daughter, Susan Kathleen, was born in 1973. The memories of these friends, their church and with Susan are shared often. The Hagerstown people were some that Beth held so dear.

In 1979 Beth, Ron and Susan moved to Charlottesville, VA and purchased the McClanahan Apple Orchard that would soon become Ronald W. Harvey and Company Apple Orchard. It was in their Charlottesville years they laid down deep roots, build strong friendships, served weekly at First Baptist Church on Park Street, hosted apple harvest festivals, and yelled ‘WAHOOWA’ at every tailgate, football and basketball game.

Beth taught in several locations during her time in Charlottesville: The Early Childhood Development Center at First Baptist Church on Park Street and The Preschool Center at The University of Virginia.

She also founded, directed, and taught at Trinity Preschool in North Garden.

Living in Charlottesville was a gift to Beth. Lots of laughter, lots of loving people, lots of gatherings in their hone for friends and family, lots of church activities, and lots of planting seeds about Jesus in the lives of hundreds of families through early childhood education. Their home was open often to friends and family. Beth was a gatherer of people and Charlottesville was one of her favorite places to gather with those she loved.

In 2001 Ron and Beth begrudgingly moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was a hard initial move. They missed Charlottesville tremendously. However, as Beth does, she began to gather people and love them. She began teaching at Fredericksburg Christian School as a preschool teacher and they began serving in the children’s ministry in their new Church home of Spotswood Baptist Church.

Soon, they could not go many places without hearing, “Ms. Beth! Mr. Ron!”

Roots had started to form in this new town. Fredericksburg became home.

Susan moved to Fredericksburg in 2005 and was married in 2007. Beth had the son-in-law, Ed Wanderer she had always hoped would join their family. Beth’s arms were wide and she soon circled up around Ed’s parents, Dean and Kate Wanderer and Ed’s sister Amy Wanderer and called them her own. The Wanderer/Harvey family was formed, with an endless array of activities, meals and gatherings.

Then in 2011 Beth received her favorite, most important title her heart had ever prayed for: Grammy. In March of 2011 she boarded a plane for Ethiopia. As Beth, Ron, Susan and Ed drove down a dusty road and the gates opened, a voice could be heard in the back of the van saying, “I am about to meet my grandchildren!” Her joy could not be contained. The moment she laid eyes on her three grandkids, she was ALL-IN. Joshua, Ruth and Dibora Wanderer brought the greatest delight to her soul.

Since her grandkids were at The Mount Church, so was she. She soon told Ron they would be changing memberships! She then began teaching as the Weekday Preschool Music Teacher during the week while also serving in Kids Ministry on the weekends. Ron and Beth loved The Mount Church.

Beth spent the next thirteen years going to soccer games, cross-country meets, musicals, plays, recitals, volleyball matches, basketball games and so many other activities. An endless number of miles were placed on her car so she could get to her grandkids and cheer for them. While at these events, she met all their friends and family members. There was rarely a person in the room that Beth did not know.

Beth had the ability to make every human feel seen, valued, heard & loved by Jesus. While her professional title for 40 years was that of an early childhood educator, she also beautifully held the role as a gatherer of people. Ron and Susan could not be more grateful for that gifting. It enriched the life of their entire family.

Beth is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ronald W. Harvey; their daughter, Susan Wanderer; son in law, Ed Wanderer; three grandchildren, Joshua, Ruth, Dibora Wanderer; Beth’s brother, George Reaves; and additional family members, Bette Barrineau, Helen and Wayne George and nephews Scott Reaves (Wendy), Bradley Geoorge (Kristin), Jeff George (Mary Catherine).

She is preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Dudley Reaves; her nephew, Will George and her Aunt, Kathleen Habel.

Memorial Service – Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Mount Church

1112 Garrisonville Road

Stafford, VA

Receiving of friends – 1:00 P.M.

Service – 2:00 P.M.

The Beth Harvey Scholarship Fund at Fredericksburg Christian Lower School has been set up in lieu of flowers to honor her forty years as an early childhood educator.


April 6, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Mount Church
1112 Garrisonville Rd.
Stafford, VA 22556

April 6, 2024

2:00 PM
The Mount Church
1112 Garrisonville Rd.
Stafford, VA 22556


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