Coleen Maria White-Harvey, 65, died peacefully at her home in Northern Virginia on 26 March 2021, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. White-Harvey was born on 21 January 1956 in Clio, MI, the youngest of seven children born to her parents, Berneitas Carrigan White and Charles Andrew White. Ms. White-Harvey was a graduate of Powers Catholic High School in Flint where her extroverted personality was well-suited to her drill team and thespian activities; she was also an avid photographer. After graduating from Powers, she next attended Northern Michigan University where she graduated Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. While attending university, Ms. White-Harvey joined the US Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (by accident she later maintained), and she was duly commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation. While in the military, Ms. White-Harvey served in both the Military Police and Military Intelligence specialties, successfully completing assignments as a Platoon leader at Ft. Meade, MD, and Special Agent in Charge of the 902d Military Intelligence Group Field Office at Ft. Sheridan, IL. Ms. White-Harvey met her husband, Richard J. Harvey, during this period, and the two were married on 31 August 1985.
Following her marriage, Ms. White-Harvey left the Army to pursue a career as a civilian research analyst with the US Army Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center in Washington, D.C., eventually transitioning to an analyst position with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 1990. In 2005, Ms. White-Harvey completed the Central Intelligence Agency’s rigorous hiring process to become a Counterintelligence officer. In this capacity, Ms. White-Harvey served at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA, deployed on temporary duty to Kabul, Afghanistan, and completed separate overseas assignments with her husband in Vienna, Austria, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Aside from her official responsibilities in Lithuania, Ms. White-Harvey volunteered to lead a partnership of local diplomats, the business community, and Lithuanian government officials to bring 1000 orphans from all over the country to the National Ballet Theatre in Vilnius for a special Christmas celebration, complete with gift packages for all and a visit by Santa Claus. Her efforts helped to bring needed attention to the circumstances of orphans in Lithuania. Ms. White-Harvey received many awards throughout her lengthy Army/DIA/CIA career, and she retired from Federal Service in 2015.
Ms. White-Harvey enjoyed gardening and photography throughout her adult life, and she excelled at creating frames for her photographic work. She was also a passionate consumer of national/international political news and science fiction literature. Animal rights were always very important to Ms. White-Harvey, and she supported many animal rights charities in addition to rescuing stray animals locally.
Ms. White-Harvey is survived by her husband who loves and misses her keenly, as do their four-legged companions: Tadas, Rima, Jet, Spot, and Kitten. Ms. White-Harvey is also survived by her siblings, nieces, and nephews resident in Michigan.
A memorial service for Ms. White-Harvey will be held at 11:00 a.m. on 8 April 2021 at the Everly Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. Interment will be deferred until a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice, or to one of the following organizations Ms. White-Harvey supported: Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, UT; Fancy Cats Rescue of Fairfax, VA; ASPCA, New York, NY.
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Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab UT 84741