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Georgia Ann Harvey
Georgia Harvey, 80, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022. She was born on Friday, August 29, 1941 in Akron, Ohio to the late Hugh and Opal Fletcher and lived in the Clinton area most of her life. Georgia was a Principal in the Akron Public School system and a choir director. She enjoyed music, and showing horses.
Georgia was preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold “Bud” Thomas. She is survived by her husband, William Harvey; sons, Hugh (Sharyn) Thomas, and Kyle (Nichole) Thomas; grandchildren, Cole Thomas, Robin Thomas, Ginger Thomas; and many other loving family and friends.
Private visitation will be held at the convenience of the family.
A truly beautiful and wonderful lady!
And, although I've not been in contact lately, she is a person I'll never ever EVER forget! ❤️
Georgia was my KHS vocal music teacher, aka ( Mrs Thomas) not only a teacher,
she was a mentor, a friend and a very special gift to me !
Georgia taught me everything ,,,
EVERYTHING I know about being the best vocalist I could ever be!
She encouraged & challenged me, to do and BE my best, and to work hard ,,,to the point that she pulled out of me vocally, what I didn't know I was capable of !🎵❤️
I started singing professionally ,at perhaps a later age( than most) in my life , that was back in early 2000's.
At that time, I was in a studio ,recording my first music project, which was a huge leap of faith!!
I made a phone call to Georgia ,to thank her for all that she had taught me , and to simply tell her , I was pursuing my passion and my dream of " being a singer" 🎤￼!
I could hear her grandchildren in the background, as she mentioned she was " watching the kids" We had a brief yet wonderful conversation.
She, once again , wished me the best & encouraged me.
As the years passed,
I had opportunities of meeting / greeting people after my concerts.
Sometimes people with a kind word or compliment would ask " where did you study or train for voice ?"
I was always blessed to simply say; singing is my gift I love to share
AND , I had the BEST high school vocal music teacher- she taught me everything
I know !
I am thankful to God, for the gift of a teacher she was; not only to me at KHS, but to so many!
Oh the great memories of : A Night on Broadway, our 7:15 am rehearsals, solo and ensemble state competitions and the best 😉Madrigal group who performed locally for many civic groups and organizations ( 1979-1981)!!!🎵🎵
Because of her passion, care , wisdom, patience ,
understanding , teaching ethic, discipline & love …
I'll be forever thankful, and grateful our lives touched.
She helped me find my passion and mold me into who I am today.
May Gods love and peace surround her family and friends at this difficult time.🙏🏻
May Gods light and love welcome you heavenward,
Go … sing with the angels!
Until, we meet again.😇🎵😇
Bonnie Steinmueller-Baughmsn Mar 29 2022 7:45 AM
Mrs. Georgia Thomas had a BIG impact on my life. Besides a music teacher, she taught you life lessons. She never insulted your singing, never said to quit or not quit, try out or not try out, come back or not come back. She acquired us in the 10th grade (some in 9th g rade). You had three to four years of challenges. She let you try, fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. By your senior year, you may finally said, I don't think The Performing Arts are for me. She did not say it, You did! Maybe my life needs to take a different direction. She did instill in you not to fear unknown challenges that waited for you in your life.
Mrs. Thomas had 2 to 3 low to mediocre singers for every 1 talented singers, actors, and dancers in her choir. But without those 2 to 3 she would not have had a 90 plus Select choir;at best some ensembles! Thank you Mrs. Thomas for life's lessons!
Cindy Keith Mar 26 2022 10:51 AM
Mrs. Thomas was my favorite teacher at Kenmore. She taught me how to sing and love music. She cared about her students, and I will always remember her with great affection.
Kim Reitman Mar 23 2022 12:25 PM
She was a class act #1 Choir director @ Kenmore High School. A friend to all but you didn't want to cross her. No no not Mrs Thomas Harvey !! She had respect from everyone she met and was beautiful from the inside out.
She was proud of her Choirs and she made that known to all , especially us ! She made singing fun but at the same time expected hard work !
I missed her over the years and thought of her often. As i'm writing this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes , I can't help but think of her singing and directing the angels in Heaven and telling them " I expect Straight 1's from God today , so don't let me down!"
If you were in her Choir, you know exactly what I mean by that !!
Enjoy your new home Mrs Thomas Harvey , we all loved you !!
Cindy Lowe Kuhns KHS 73 Mar 20 2022 9:51 AM
I graduated from Akron North High School with Georgia. Her musical talent is a wonderful memory I have of her. She played the piano with such ease. She had a pleasing personality and was friendly toward everyone. Condolences to her family.
Janet Pelliteri Sikute Mar 19 2022 10:10 PM
Mrs. Thomas (as we knew her) was a beloved teacher of the Stimler family kids. The last 4 of us (Steve, Pattie, Laura, and me-Connie) all each enjoyed 3 years as a Madrigal... our grandest days of high-school. We speak of her often, especially at Christmas as we belt out our favorites from the "Sing We Now of Christmas" medley that she taught all of us. My heart is a bit broken with her passing, but has been so full all of these years because of her. ❤
Connie Stimler Pacanovsky Mar 17 2022 8:08 PM
Many fond and cherished memories of her leadership of Kenmore High School choir, annual musical production, and Madrigals. She was a talented woman!
Becky Pearce Meister Mar 17 2022 5:24 PM
Mrs. Thomas directed Kenmore High School choirs to excellence and made my years there special. My condolences to the family.
Gloria Borden Beal Mar 16 2022 5:42 PM
"When she had passed, it was like the ceasing of exquisite music."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My deepest and most heart felt sympathy,
Georgia Stathopoulos Mar 16 2022 4:40 PM
Georgia was my choir director for several years at First Grace UCC in Akron. She was so talented. I had her first husband as my music teacher at Firestone High School. My condolences to all of you.
Mary Austin Mar 16 2022 9:38 AM