SALISBURY, Pa. - Judith Ann (Cooper) Harvey, 67, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.

Judy was born June 6, 1940, in Toronto, Ohio, to David Wellington and Evelyn Mae (Montgomery) Cooper. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold Lee Cooper and Kenneth Cooper; and one sister, Bette Mae Rawson. Her youngest sister, Patricia King, resides in Toronto.

After graduation from Toronto High School in 1958, Judy traveled with friends to work in the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, where she met Joseph McKinley Harvey. They were married on June 4, 1960 in a private ceremony.Ê As newlyweds, they lived in Oakland and Grantsville before making a home outside Salisbury, where they raised their five children.

Judy and Joe dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ as newlyweds. Throughout her life, Judy was active in church ministries, teaching children's Sunday School and Bible School, leading Missionettes and WMC's and serving in a variety of other ways at Maranatha Assembly of God, Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church and in the community.Ê Even in her weakening last weeks, Judy gathered jars for soup sales, magazines for youth group projects and donations for various thrift shops in the area.

Judy's dedication and determination to ensure the good education of her family will be an enduring legacy.Ê Through Judy's selfless daily devotion to her family, her husband was able to advance through his college education to an MBA while working full time for Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. Furthermore, Judy inspired an early love of learning in her children with hours of read-aloud time, many trips to the library and bookmobile and nature walks.Ê She inspired all five children to complete their college education and to serve their communities. In her early 40's, Judy also advanced her own education, taking classes at Garrett College and Frostburg University and devoting herself to studying intensely whatever the subject. She had a keen, insatiable interest in classical art, literature, music, architecture and ancient civilizations. Judy extended her devotion to learning by becoming actively involved in the home schooling of some of her grandchildren, much to their delight! Now, her first grandchild has graduated college, four are enrolled full-time in college, and the other three are progressing in middle or high school.

At the beginning of her illness, she learned all she could about her cancer. Then, she put away the books and lived fully in the face of the disease, treatments, side effects, and complications with stoic grace, never wavering in her faith that she would someday have a new body, free of disease and pain.

Judy enjoyed traveling with Joe on business and pleasure trips. She would scout out the historical districts, the art shows and galleries, the arboretums of Montreal, Washington, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other locations.Ê When these trips became too difficult, she often watched travel shows on TV to learn more about other countries and cultures.

Judy not only appreciated art, she was an artist, particularly with oil paints. She held several shows at Frostburg University, Penn Alps Summerfest, Springs Folk Festival, and other local art shows. Her family and many friends treasure the portraits, landscapes, and scenes she painted with her unique eye for the unusual.Ê

Judy loved animals and enjoyed training various pets over the years including a Great Dane, German Shepherds, and other animals rescued from shelters. She even rescued a black snake from the road a few times, although she drew the line at rattlesnakes and rabid groundhogs that came into the yard.

Judy also loved growing plants, especially flowers. She covered her large wooded yard with beautiful flower beds, designed as habitats to attract her favorite birds, including scarlet tanagers, gold finches, some blue birds, and a myriad of other feathered warblers. Between the flowers and the birds, neighbors and passersby enjoyed the bright and joyous color surrounding the home throughout the seasons. In 2007, Judy grewÊmost of the flowers that were used in her eldest granddaughter's wedding.Ê

Judy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Joseph M. Harvey; daughter, Felicia Ann (Harvey) and husband Wayne E. Schrock of Grantsville, Md.; son, Forrest McKinley Harvey and wife Lynn (Wagner) of Windemere, Fla.; daughters, Teresa Lynn (Harvey) La Loggia of Phoenix, Ariz., Christina Marie Harvey of Salisbury and Melanie Kay Harvey of Alexandria, Va.

Grandchildren who dearly loved their Grandma are Lindsay Ann (Schrock) Schmuck and husband, Levi, Accident, Md., Darren Wayne, Kenton Mar and Evelyn Mabel Schrock of Grantsville, Tyler James Harvey of Salisbury, Nathan McKinley, Jordan William and Andrea Lynn Harvey of Windemere, Fla. Judy also was loved by her nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 tp 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Randy Haulk officiating.

Interment will be in the Salisbury Cemetery.

To honor Judy's lifelong dedication to learning, her family has established an academic scholarship at Salisbury-Elk Lick High School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Judith A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Melanie Harvey, First National Bank, PO Box 7, Salisbury, PA 15558.

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