The Life of Olive Simmonds Harvey
Olive G. Harvey, a long-time resident of Trumbull and a dedicated watercolor artist, died at Lord Chamberlain Manor in Stratford on Monday July 21, 2008. The cause of death was cancer. Growing up in Stratford, Mrs. Harvey develooped an interest in art at an early age. After graduating from Stratford High School, she trained as an artist at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Once she completed the three-tear art program at Pratt, she worked as a fashion illustrator at Howland's and other firms in southern Connecticut. Her career was interrupted when she married Edward L. Harvey, a Shelton businessman, and began raising a family. As a parent, Mrs. Harvey was active as a Cub Scout den mother, various school activities and in the First Congregational Church in Stratford. A fter her children were grown, she worked with her husband at The Harvey Testile Company until the family business was sold in the early 1980's. In later years she continued to paint, produing many seascapes of New England and Nova Scotia, Canada. One of her favorite locations was at Peggy's Cove, located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret's Bay in the Halifax area. Mrs. Harvey enjoyed art groups and for many years was a member of Connecticut Classic Arts. As an active grandmother, she often drove her grandson to or from scout meetings, school events and Trumbull Little League games. Her last art show was at the Lord Chamberlain on June 7th where several of her paintings were on display. Mrs. Harvey was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1994. She is survived by two sons, Ralph Harvey and John Harvey, both of Trumbull; her daughter Diane Boivin and her husband Michael of Watertown, MA and a grandson Clifford Harvey also of Trumbull. There will be a private burial at the Pine Grove Cemetery Ansonia. The Dennis & D'Arcy Funeral Home Stratford is entrusted with the arrangements.