Harv Harvey 06/09/1978 – 11/13/2018
Harv’s birthday was her favorite day of the year because all of her friends would gather together to celebrate. She shared her birthday and her birthday month with so many of her friends that the entire month of June was often just one big party!
This is our first year without Harv with us to celebrate, and we all miss her deeply. But Harv doesn’t want us to be sad. Her wish was for us to continue her legacy by loving each other and celebrating life. So today, we remember Harv, her life, and the amazing impact she left on all of us. If you feel a hole in your heart, fill it with kindness and compassion for others. It’s this love that keeps her spirit alive in all of us.
Happy Birthday Harv! We celebrate you today and every day.
Angelia ‘Harv’ Harvey was born in Georgetown, KY, on June 9th, 1978. She graduated from Scott County HS in 1996, and attended the Cincinnati Bible College and University of Cincinnati. Throughout her life she welcomed people from all backgrounds into her chosen family She fostered children in need, and inspired friends and strangers with her kindness. When you were with Harv, you were always right at home, no matter where you were. She was an ordained minister who found great joy officiating weddings, one of which was included in the landmark Obergfell v Hodges decision guaranteeing marriage equality nationally. She also found fulfillment in her time volunteering at Starfire, helping people with developmental disabilities.
A dauntless spirit, she preferred to venture off the beaten path. She enjoyed traversing backroads, camping and hiking in Red River Gorge, and weekend gatherings in Rabbit Hash. She was known to ‘rock the party’ as DJ Harvination, with residencies throughout the city. An avid member of Cincinnati’s nightlife and dance music scenes, she also revered her quiet time, especially meditating at the GSL Buddhist Monastery. She was passionate about nature, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage.
Harv inspired those around her to love unconditionally, without fear. She challenged her loved ones to consider other perspectives, to try new things, to live out loud, and to always pay it forward. In 2015, Harv was diagnosed with ALS. Throughout the progression of the disease she demonstrated strength, courage, and tenacity. She passed on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, in the company of her spiritual guide. She is survived by her mother, Kathy Faulconer Harvey, siblings Andrea Davis and Chris Currans, grandmother Wanda Coleman Faulconer, four turtles, her beloved Church of Harvination, an army of Lil Harvinators, and a snaggletooth cat named Mr Cuddles.
Harv’s request was that she be memorialized not in a service, but in the extension of kindness to others. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for the placement of park benches and trees around Cincinnati can be made at www.gofundme.com/dedication-to-harvination.