Joan Elizabeth Smith Harvey, 88, retired from Institute for Family Centered Services

Joan Elizabeth Smith Harvey

Joan Elizabeth Smith Harvey, 88, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. She was born June 24, 1931, in New York City, New York, the daughter of the late Phillip Francis Smith and Lillian Mabel Post Smith.

She grew up in the Bronx, New York and moved to Virginia Beach in July 1961 with her late husband, Donald E. Harvey Sr., and their three children.

Her great joy in life was service to her community with music and helping those in need. She was a longtime member of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, the Virginia Beach Chorale and the Lion’s Club. She loved serving on the Altar Guild for weddings, singing in the church choir and serving in the church’s food pantry.

She worked as the office manager for the Institute for Family Centered Services until retirement at age 80. She loved singing, the Virginia Beach Little Theater, playing cards and bingo with her friends and time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew and their families.

She is survived by her children, Lillian D. Harvey of Wilmington, Delaware, Claudia J. Craft, and her husband, Don, of Chesapeake and Donald E. Harvey Jr., and his wife, Gretel, of Tampa, Florida, Jayson D. Harvey, and his wife, Sarah, and their children, Ayva, Braydon, Mayson and Jaxson, of Houston, Texas, and Ryan S. Harvey, and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Alexandra (Lexie) and Layla, of Tampa, Florida.

A church service will be held at her beloved church, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27. Burial will follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. The burial will be followed by a reception in the church social hall.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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