Sally L. Harvey

July 20, 1932 ‒ December 13, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Sally L. “Mox” Harvey, age 86, formerly of Mount Gilead, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Bennington Glen Care Center following an extended illness.

On July 20, 1932, Sally was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania, one of three children of the late Harry W. and Sara E. (McAdoo) Rankin.  She was raised in Cyclone, PA, and graduated nearby from Bradford High School, in the class of 1952.

At a very young age, Sally met one of her neighbors, Ralph D. “Bud” Harvey, who would be by her side nearly her entire life. Sally and Bud were high school sweethearts, and were married shortly thereafter on January 22, 1955. Together they shared over 57 years of marriage, and lovingly raised two daughters: Judy and Beverly.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 2012.

In 1964, Bud worked in gas and oil well drilling, and he and Sally moved to Morrow County, Ohio, during the oil boom.  She worked at Cosmo Plastics in Mount Gilead as an inspector for over fifteen years, and later was a cashier at Dollar General.  Sally also was a member of the Moose Lodge #303 in Galion, and was active with the Women of the Moose.

Despite moving to Mount Gilead in 1964, Sally and Bud’s heart remained in the Allegheny Forests of Pennsylvania.  They spent the better part of every summer, from Easter to Thanksgiving at “the camp”, where she specialized in “keeping the camp fire roaring.”  She especially appreciated the wild life around “the camp”, always watching for bear, deer, hummingbirds, and much more.  She had countless adventures there, many of which Bud got them into, and then she would have to listen to him recount their stories over and over for years.

The quiet one of the bunch, Sally’s true colors came out whenever they would play cards.  She was extremely competitive, often feisty, always wanting to beat the guys of the group…never trusting them even to this day.  She also loved playing Bingo.

Very laid back and easy going, Sally appreciated the more simple things in life.  She enjoyed planting flowers, and watching them bloom.  She also enjoyed making arts and crafts, embroidering a pillow case or table runner for her beloved family.  On her journeys with Bud, she enjoyed collecting “millions” of salt and pepper shakers.  Her family will forever be grateful for their Mom and Grandma, who was always there for them.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Judy (Larry) Parker of Springfield, and Beverly (Jon) Axthelm of Cardington; five grandchildren: Jamie (Carina) Pitts, Robin Kinkelaar, Jonda Axthelm, Jeff (Denelle Waugh) Axthelm, and Tori Johnson; four great-grandchildren: Byron and Emma Pitts, Jack Kinkelaar, Briella Neer, and one on the way; and a special niece, Cindy Moore of Bolivar, NY.

Including her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by two brothers: Ernest and Larry Rankin.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 6 pm on Monday, December 17, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 6 pm.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the caring staff at Bennington Glen for their years of special care for Sally, and to everyone at Hospice of Morrow County for being there for her this past week.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Sally’s family.  Your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I have so many fantastic memories with her and your family. I was blessed enough to call her Ma for 45 years. So much laughter she brought!! If I had to pick three adjectives for Ma, they would be humble, hardworking, and as generous as they come. She was quiet and often fiesty😊 Heaven truly gained a special angel.💜
    She and Pa took me to my first dog race which I loved!!! Countless trips to camp and many holidays. She taught me the true meaning of generosity and unconditional love. I can not express the love my heart holds for her and Bev. The Best of the Best.
    You all will remain in our hearts and prayers!!
    Ma, in heaven they can’t cheat at euchre😊. God Speed and thanks for all you’ve done for me. I will honor and cherish your memory forever. Save me a seat at the euchre tourney. Until we meet again, kisses to heaven. Thanks for everything😘

  • I grew up with Mox & Bud and really enjoyed our years of friendship. My wife and I lived in Bradford and visited them many times at “the camp”. Never tired of hearing Bud’s stories and Mox ‘s reactions to them. You could always tell by the look on her face,whether they were the facts, or not!
    My sympathy goes out to all her family and friends. I will always be grateful for the years of friendship and the great memories.

  • Sorry for your loss. Sally was a wonderful friend. I will always cherish all the times that John and I spent with Bud and Sally at the cabin. Bud and Sally were our life time friends at home too. May Sally rest in peace and take care of Bud and John in heaven. They were the best grandparents for Amanda and Jillian. We have wonderful memories of Ma and Pa forever.

  • Bev and family I am so sorry for your family loss. Keep the memories alive. Losing a parent is not easy ever.

  • Bev, Judy and families;

    Your mom was such a sweet and special lady who saw the good in everyone. The world will miss that smile and big heart. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very dear lady.

  • From all the memories that have been shared sounds like your Mom was a sweetheart Judy. You were a wonderful, caring daughter. I know how hard it is to lose your Mom,especially this time of year. It will take time to go on but cherish all the memories they will bring you comfort. Thinking of all of you🙏Be

  • So sorry to hear of you mom’s passing. We would protect them and keep them here forever if we could. Hugs and prayers to you all. 💓

  • Your mother is at rest and peace. You were so faithful in caring and visiting her. Prayers and sympathy for your loss.

  • As we hate to see Sally leave her loving family and many friends she now RIP with her husband Bud and her family and friends in heaven we we’ll all miss her but Well never for get her she well always be in are hearts 💕 Steven Burton

  • I was blessed to have known this family for close to 50 years called Bud and Sally Ma and Pa. Their home was always open It was my home away from home Memories are exploding in my mind. The porch was their favorite spot being outside. Ma always had a cup of coffee, she only scolded me when I set on the edge of the sofa LOL. Card playing, had a craft delivered monthly that she enjoyed assembling. She would take us to school in her housecoat Lol. Her smile sweet spirit and Pa’s deep voice and loving open arms are greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts and love to the family

  • I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was always so kind every time I saw her. The special memory that I have to share is when my youngest son Sal and I made the trip to the camp with you guys. It was a great time with great memories. From the awesome scenery, the icy cold creek we talked our boys into swinging into! And seeing the mama bear and her cubs at the camp. And just the whole visit was great… Your Mom and Dad were the best!

  • Judy and Bev,

    We are so sadeemed to hear of your mother’s passing.
    John has very fond memories of her growing up.

    She is resting in the arms of Jesus now.

  • Thinking of you the past several days, mother’s are important individuals, and your
    Mother was….and a very loving grandmother too, …..the memories we have help
    during this difficult time, and thinking about how happy she must be to be with
    those she loved and has missed for so long…….she was blessed to have you care
    for her. Thinking of Jonda too……

  • Dear Judy and Bev I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I have many fond memories of your family at Lake Erie and Mt Gilead . They were very good people, we shared many laughs and some tears through the years. And I’m very thankful for having them in my life.I know you will miss her but she and your Dad are together. Love and prayers to you and your families. Sincerely Janet Chalfant Lynn