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Kathleen Anne Harvey

Kathleen Anne Harvey

Beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and longtime Big Bear City resident, Kathleen Anne Harvey passed away peacefully at her home, Feb. 9, 2011, in the loving arms of her daughters. She was 67.

Kathleen was born Kathleen Anne McCafferty on May 23, 1943, in Denver, Colo., to Patrick Franklin McCafferty and Shirley June McCafferty. The middle child of three, she lived her early years in Colorado before her family relocated to Riverside, Calif., in 1953.

In June of 1961 she graduated from St. Frances de Sales Catholic School in Riverside. Upon graduation she started studies in becoming an Xray technician, she also met a handsome young man, named Frank Harvey, at a party. Six months after graduation, Kathleen and Frank eloped to Las Vegas. She returned Kathleen Harvey and along with her husband, Frank, relocated to Colton, Calif., where they had their first daughter, Christine. Frank's work in retail kept the family on the move and when they finally settled in Big Bear in 1979, the family had grownby four - ALL GIRLS!

When Kathleen first arrived in Big Bear she worked as a waitress. She worked at Thelma's, Chuck and Jacques and the Sawmill Restaurants. Her customers loved her. If they gave her any trouble she would give it right back 
with a smile.

Kathleen was a hard worker and gave all she could for her girls. Shortly after her husband died in 1987 she returned to Riverside to live with her mother. She worked at Sears and Nordstrom's. She returned to her faith and loved going to church with her mother. She loved her mother deeply and when her mother passed she was heart 

Kathleen returned to Big Bear to be with her girls. She loved being with her grandchildren, working in her yard and around her house. Her faith was especially important to her and it was her faith that got her through the final days of her life.

Although no longer physically with us, Kathleen lives on in the hearts of the people she touched. She will be remembered for her quick-wit, her love of God and family and her beautiful red hair. Kathleen is dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents Patrick and Shirley, her husband Frank, her son in law Jim Tartamella and her grand-daughter Crystal Tia Tartamella.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters - Christine, Shelly and husband John, Jennifer, Francesca (Frankie) and husband Mark, Gretchen and husband Mike, brother Ronald Grant McCafferty and wife Marie, sister Pamela Rose Bash and 13 grandchildren: Rowland, Randall, Cameron, Gage, Tessa'Lynn, Neil, Wyatt, Collin, Nash, Mia, BaileyAnn, Aylssa and Isabella, and a great-granddaughter Jenna Harvey.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:47 am | Updated: 9:49 am, Wed Feb 16, 2011.
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper