Bevolyn Ingrid Harvey was a farmer's best friend

December 18, 2018
Family members are in a sombre mood at the thanksgiving service for Bevolyn Harvey.

One could have been led to believe that the thanksgiving service held last Saturday for Bevolyn Ingrid Harvey was actually a meeting of farmers.

This was a reflection of the kind of service she gave to the Jamaica Agricultural Society in Trelawny, where she rose from the position of stenotypist to that of parish manager.

The service was held at the Abundant Life Ministry Church in Bounty Hall in the parish last Saturday.

Harvey was born on August 23, 1952, to John and Floris Harvey. She passed away on October 18, 2018.

Harvey's nephew, Norman Suer, in his remembrance, confirmed the sentiments in the tributes.

"My aunt was a hard and dedicated worker who always thought of ways to improve the life of the farmers whom she served. In her childhood days, she was no ordinary girl. She climbed trees, played football and cricket, and generally explored the world of what was generally thought to be a boy's world," he said.

Suer licked his lips as he remembered the Christmas cake he got from his aunt, who was an excellent baker.

"I will miss the cake and the showering of love she gave to her family. Her son Arnette says he has the recipe. It is that time of the year for me to test what he learnt from Aunty Bev, who loved all her three children and six grandchildren," he said.

Sergeant Wayne Wallace, in his tribute, described Harvey as trustworthy and easy to work with.

"At the annual Hague Show which she organised on a shoe, string budget, she would tell you what she wanted and trusted that it would be done," he said.

Denise Gordon, who was Harvey's secretary, said "the interest of the farmers was always at the top of her mind. I remember her telling me how she would wake up in the nights thinking of how she could improve the lot of the farmers in the parish. When it came to the planning for the annual Hague Show, she never slept. She would always feel guilty if for any reason the show was not a success."

In his sermon, Reverend John Hines recalled the contributions 'Bev' gave to the church.

"Here was a Christian person who was not afraid to serve in this church where she was a foundation member. Her Christianity was not just in words, but she lived it," he said.

Harvey was buried in the family plot in Green Park.

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