Mary Carolee Meyer Harvey, 95, of Naples, Florida,
passed away December 11, 2020. Born April 17, 1925 in
Carthage, MO., she was the daughter of Arthur Meyer and
Vera Viola Meyer.
After moving to New England when she was 6 yrs. old,
Mary grew up in Medford, Mass.,where she graduated
from high school and then matriculated to Bates College in
Lewiston, Maine. She studied the French and Spanish
languages, and Speech. While attending Bates, Mary and
Robert “Bobby” Kennedy became friends. Mary graduated
from Bates College in 1947. Upon graduation from Bates,
Mary chose to further her education at the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, from which she
graduated in 1950. At the AADA Mary befriended several
other students who later gained celebrity status, including
Helen Hayes, Marlon Brando, Don Rickles and Grace
Kelly, just to name a few. For more than a year following
her graduation from the AADA, Mary became a traveling
director of community theatre in many cities throughout
In 1951 Mary relocated to York, Pa. where she met and
married her husband of 30 yrs., Richard Thomas Harvey.
Richard passed away in 1981. Once Mary’s children were
school age, Mary began a career in education. She taught
French, and was the Director of Choral and Dramatic
programs at York Country Day School, York, Pa. Upon
retirement, Mary and Richard enjoyed winters in Naples,
Florida, which, a few years after Richard’s passing,
became Mary’s permanent home. Mary was a member of
the Moorings Country Club in Naples where she played
many hours of Golf and Bridge while enjoying the
company of friends.
For countless years, because of her love of theatre, Mary
traveled to NYC to see all of the latest Broadway had to
offer. On multiple occasions, Mary also traveled to Europe,
specifically the Latin countries, where she studied and
pursued research in European History and the Arts.
While residing and raising her family in York, Pa., Mary
served on the Board of Directors and taught Sunday
school at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. For 17 yrs. Mary
also served as Treasurer of her condominium association
at Windsor Court, Naples, Florida.
Surviving are daughters, Sandra (David) Harvey Hevner of
Orlando, FL., and Margery (Keith) Harvey Griffith of Delray
Beach, FL., son, Steven Harvey Schiding (Jolynn
Brickner) of York, PA., grandson, Richard (Lyndsay)
Harvey Hevner of Henderson, NV., and granddaughters
Kara (Jonathan) Hevner Hughes of Orlando, FL. and
Sydney Harvey Griffith of Florida.
A private, family memorial service has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers
please donate to The Conservancy of Southwest Florida,
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, Florida 34102.
Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Fort
Myers, assisted with arrangements.