IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Williams Harvey

by Jane Ahrens

Elizabeth Williams Harvey passed away peacefully on December 17th at the age of 96.  She was surrounded by all her children. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and wit. A voracious reader, she always had her nose in a book.

Her roots in Baltimore are profound, dating back to 1831, when her great-grandfather, G. Harlan Williams, was born and was later buried there. She is also related to the Ingrams, Purnells, Swindels, and Mallorys.

Married to Alexander Harvey II for 65 years, they lived in the family home in Baltimore and Fishers. She was involved for years with the Union Memorial Hospital and the Baltimore Museum of Art. A graduate of Calvert School, she attended Bryn Mawr School and graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, she drove an ambulance during WWII. She and Zandy were members of both clubs at Fishers since their marriage in 1951.

Her brother, J. Harlan Williams Jr., and her husband predeceased her. She is survived by her children: Claude Kress (Rip) Williams Jr., Cynthia Williams Collins, Elizabeth (Lisa) Harvey Shapiro, and Alexander (Exie) Harvey IV.  Exie generously tended to her welfare during her final years. Her nieces, Peggy Williams and Lela Williams, also survive her. Her grandchildren are Porter Collins, Dwight Collins, Katharine Shapiro and Nicholas Shapiro. She has six great-grandchildren: Porter Collins, Caroline Collins, James Collins, Greta Collins, Brynn Collins, Timmy Collins, all of who enjoy Fishers Island.

A private family burial will take place in Baltimore. A service will also be held at Fishers during the summer of 2019.

Donations in her name to Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore would honor their expert guidance and professionalism.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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