Dora "Dee Dee" DeMuth Bouldin Harvey died in her home, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, surrounded by family and friends.
Dee Dee was born March 13, 1919, in Sedalia, Miss., the daughter of Kathleen DeMuth and Harris Ritchey Bouldin. She grew up on her parents' farm in Hughesville and attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Miss., where she met her husband. With a major in history, she was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. She married the Rev. Thomas Hudnall Harvey on Nov. 25, 1941. Before her marriage, she taught high school in Sussex, Va.
She was a devoted partner in her husband's ministry in Lebanon, Miss.; Charleston, W.Va.; Sandusky, Ohio, at Grace Episcopal Church from 1957-60; the Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va., where her husband was associate dean; and at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he was dean.
Following her husband's death in 1972, she worked for the Texas League of Women Voters office in Austin and served as director of religious education at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. A longtime supporter of Bread for the World, she helped found the Hope for the Hungry program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
She retired to Canyon Lake, Texas, in 1982, where she was a member of St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church and worked as bereavement coordinator at Hospice New Braunfels. She belonged to Friends of the River in Comal County and authored for the League of Women Voters, a study on water issues in the Texas Hill Country, earning a statewide award from the LWV.
In 1999, she moved to Chandler House Retirement Apartments in San Antonio where she served on the residents' board. She became an active and dedicated member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. David Ritchey (Cynthia) Bouldin of Ithaca, N.Y.; step sister, Margaret (Ike) Coplen of Jefferson City, Miss.; sister-in-law, Mary Frances Sneed of Sedalia, Miss.; children, Linda (Jim) Aldrich of Sequim, Wash., Anne (Rick) Hoyt of Lyons, N.Y., Tom (Audrey) Harvey of Kirkland, Wash. and Amalia Rodriguez Monroy of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren, Melinda (Alvina), Gwendolyn (Jim), Joseph, Daisy and Claire; a great-granddaughter, Melinda Katherine, born Nov. 28; cousins, Joan Bredendieck, Barbara Cooney and Elizabeth Schmuck; nieces and nephew, Melinda Peets, Carolyn Barr, Stanley White, Rachel Doran, Martha Spittal, Kate Ivers and Hope Currier and their spouses and children; her devoted caregiver, Hilda Reyes, and many beloved friends.
She loved to garden. She was a weaver, an avid sailor and a camper. Books, poetry and music were a joy. She was known to countless people as a welcoming hostess and great cook. She had a gift for friendship both loving and being loved by people of all ages and walks of life and for recognizing and encouraging the best in others.
In the words of a prayer, "goodness and courage passed from her life into the lives of others, leaving the world fairer than it was."
Her life's task was faithfully and honorably discharged with gracious and kindly generosity. She met sadness without surrender and endured weakness without defeat.
Services were Saturday, followed by a reception at the Chandler House, San Antonio. Arrangements entrusted to Porter Loring Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio; Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin; Southern Poverty Law Center: or Native American Rights Fund.