Obituary of Johnnie Harvey
Mrs. Johnnie Bell Dailey Harvey was born December 7, 1929 to parents Leola Clanton Dailey and Richard Dailey in Bladon Springs, Alabama. She passed away peacefully, holding the hand of her son Roy Norris, on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Mrs. Harvey lived a long, full and happy life. She was a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church for over 60 years, where she served in many capacities including Sunday School Treasurer, Deaconess and most importantly Church Mother. Her Christian faith was very important to her, and she never missed a Sunday until illness began to take a toll and she was unable to attend. She was a member of the Yakima Chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest Civil Rights Organization in the United States, where for the past ten years she served as the Advisor for the Youth Council. In this capacity, she is well known for mentoring four special young people……Jasmine and Avery Garner, Christian Rance, and Rickey Blakely for over 12 years. She served on the Henry Beauchamp (Southeast) Community Center Advisory Board for 12 years, most recently as Vice President, and was a member of the Yakima Black Women’s Coalition. She had a special love for the Senior Lunch Program at the Community Center and the daily social interactions with fellow seniors, and for Adrianne Garner, Center Director and Denise Sundburg, Senior Lunch Manager. She was employed for many years at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital where she made many lasting friends before she retired.
Ms. Johnnie is survived by her two sons: James Edward Norris (Ruth) of Tacoma and Roy Lee Norris of Yakima; sister Ms. Lily Vinson of Seattle; two half-brothers and one half sister who reside in Connecticut, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren who will carry on her legacy, as well as several nieces, nephews and close friends Mrs. Wilma Beauchamp, Ester Huey and Mrs. Cora Stone & Mrs. Bertha Rance who were very special to her. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Leo Harvey; daughters Willie Bernita Norris White and Jessie Bell Norris; Sister Lorraine Dailey Oliver; Brother George Dailey and two great great grandchildren.
Ms. Johnnie’s passing leaves a void not only in her family, but in her church and her larger community. We will miss her presence in all the places she loved, but her legacy will live on through those she left behind.