Dorothy Harvey

1911 - 2003


Dorothy Harvey

1911 - 2003
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Growing up, one of my best friends was my Grandma Dorothy Folkman Harvey. When I was born, she was serving a mission in Boston, Massachusetts. My Grandpa Harvey had passed away in September of 1980, and my grandma left on a mission the following February. She came home one year later and moved from
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Dorothy Harvey


Restlawn Memorial Gardens

2854 South 5th street
Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
United States


July 20, 2013


July 20, 2013

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My Grandma's Promise

Contributor: cindykay1 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Growing up, one of my best friends was my Grandma Dorothy Folkman Harvey. When I was born, she was serving a mission in Boston, Massachusetts. My Grandpa Harvey had passed away in September of 1980, and my grandma left on a mission the following February. She came home one year later and moved from Pocatello, Idaho, to American Fork, Utah, to be closer to my family. I was sick as a baby and couldn’t keep food down. My mom tells me that my grandma spent hours trying to hold me still to help keep me from spitting up. My grandma and I must have started our bond then. Since my grandma lived close by, I spent a lot of time with her as a child. She babysat me while my mom ran errands and made sure my four older siblings got wherever they needed to be. I loved being at my grandma’s house. Going over there was magical for me. She baked amazing food, always had a stash of Honeycombs, played games with me, and let me watch Nickelodeon, as long as it didn’t interfere with one of her favorite shows General Hospital, One Life to Live, or the Lawrence Welk Show. I blame her for any poor taste in TV shows that I have. More than anything, I loved talking to my grandma. I think this is how I learned to love having one-on-one conversations. My grandma and I talked for hours on end. I asked her many questions. Given I was a young child, I’m sure I asked her questions that were difficult for her to answer. I asked about her family growing up, her mom, dad, and siblings. Her older sister, at two years old, had died when the family home caught on fire one night. My grandma was just a baby. Her mom and dad were able to get her out but couldn’t get to her sister in time. I wanted to know if she felt bad that she had survived when her sister hadn’t and if she believed they would ever see each other again. She let me know that she believed that families are forever. When she was ten years old, her dad had died. I always wanted to know what she remembered of him, what he was like, and what life was like growing up without a dad. She went to work right after his death. This is when she learned to bake. She helped her grandma prepare meals for crews of men working on nearby roads. I asked her if she missed my grandpa and if she wanted to see him again. I also asked her why she didn’t have my mom until she was almost forty. She explained how her ancestors had come to the U.S. Some of them had crossed the plains with the pioneers and helped clear the sagebrush when they settled near Plain City, UT. She told me what it was like to live during the Great Depression. She used to sing when she was younger and remembered having a beautiful voice. She sang songs to me and would hit a few perfect notes before her voice would start to struggle. I always asked her if she would sing a solo in church thinking that would allow her to sing beautifully again. She listened to music with me. Big band music was her favorite. She introduced me to Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald. According to her, music had gone downhill since that time. I can’t remember when her vintage wood cabinet with a built-in record player and speakers stopped working, but I inherited it. One day it will work again. I loved my grandma and always wanted her in my life. I must have been quite curious about death. I’m assuming that after she’d told me about some of the deaths of those she loved like her dad, sister, and husband, I must have become concerned that she would die too. I knew she was older and that it could happen at any time. I had many sleepovers at my grandma’s. Each time she tucked me in for the night, I would ask, “Will you still be here when I wake up?” She would always say, “I hope so.” I made her promise that she would be. I would then ask, “Grandma, when are you going to die?” She always responded, “After I see you go on a mission.” She promised she would at least be around that long. Her answer gave me some peace of mind that she would still be around for a while longer. It must have motivated me to want to serve a mission too. As I grew older, I spent less time at my grandma’s house and more time doing other things. I didn’t need her to babysit me anymore. I still went over to her house, and we would have conversations that lasted for hours. Her health also became more unstable. I remember rushing down to her house with my dad in a panic because she had fallen and couldn’t get her nose to stop bleeding. I was concerned about my grandma and worried that she wasn’t going to be able to keep her promise to me. I wasn’t ready for her to go yet but knew I had no control over the matter. I hoped, wished, and prayed that she could make it until I left on my mission. I wonder if she was praying for the same thing. The day arrived, and I received my mission call to Tahiti. My grandma was still here. The day before I spoke in church my grandma had a stroke. More than anyone, I had wanted her to be there. At least she knew I was going. Not thinking my grandma would be able to hear me speak, I was speechless as I saw my aunt pushing my frail grandma into the chapel in her wheelchair. I couldn’t help but cry. She had been determined and had kept her promise. I thanked God for this tender mercy. I went on my mission and thought that my grandma would pass while I was gone, but she didn’t. She must have wanted to see me come home from my mission too. She was there when I returned. On the Fourth of July, 2003, only months after my return, my grandma was the Grand Marshall in a small neighborhood parade where my parents live. She sported her fancy black sequined dress, wore a tiara and waved cheerfully as she was pushed down the street in her wheelchair, despite the skin tear she’d acquired that morning. She was thrilled. This is one of my favorite memories of her. Most nights I checked on my grandma’s room at my parents’ to see if she was still breathing. One night I came home from hanging out with friends and walked into her room to check on her, she took her last breath. I was grateful I got to be there with her like she had been there for me. I was asked to give the dedicatory prayer for her grave. This is the greatest honor I have ever had in my life. She had worked hard for her family and she had loved me, expecting little in return. She showed me why it is important to believe in God. I never saw her as old or out of touch. I saw her as a strong woman who had endured great trials. She knew a thing or two about life. She was wise, loving, strong, compassionate, and faithful. She was a fighter. The experiences she shared with me from her life made me trust what she’d taught me. She always expressed gratitude for her blessings. She was grateful in the shadow of adversity. She made me feel like everything she’d gone through had been worth it, so she could spend a few years with me. I remember that all I am blessed with and all of the opportunities that I have are possible because of sacrifices she and my other ancestors had made. To me, my mom is my grandma’s greatest contribution to this world. Though my grandma and mom are very different, my grandma’s wisdom, love, strength, compassion, and faith live on through my mom.

Life timeline of Dorothy Harvey

Dorothy Harvey was born in 1911
Dorothy Harvey was 18 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Dorothy Harvey was 28 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Dorothy Harvey was 33 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Dorothy Harvey was 46 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Dorothy Harvey was 52 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Dorothy Harvey was 62 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Dorothy Harvey was 70 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Dorothy Harvey was 79 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Dorothy Harvey died in 2003 at the age of 92
Grave record for Dorothy Harvey (1911 - 2003), BillionGraves Record 4503870 Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States