In the spring of 1947, Ken Harvey — a young man from San Diego who came back to Elkhart to learn how to make brass instruments at C.G. Conn musical instruments — rented a room at Margaret’s house, they fell in love and on Dec. 3, 1948 they were married.
In 1953, they moved to San Diego, where they purchased their first house in Ocean Beach for $3,000. In 1962, after having two boys — Jim and Doug — Margaret went to work for Realtor Frank Nasso as a secretary. Margaret paid keen attention to what was going on and Frank noticed and encouraged her to give investing in real estate a try. So, in the mid-1960s, Margaret and Ken bought a duplex in Ocean Beach and after that there was no stopping her. The couple invested in several properties in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and K&M Harvey Residential Rentals was born.
Ken was supportive and did a lot of the work on the properties while holding down a job at Western Publishing, but it was Margaret’s vision and ability to see value at a good price that made K&M a successful business.
The real estate business was male dominated at that time, and Margaret had to have tremendous resolve to excel — and she did. People who rented from her said she was tough when needed, but she cared about them and their families. Margaret very much enjoyed the real estate business, but she loved the activities of her two sons. Her youngest son, Doug, showed incredible ability at a young age and went on the be a concert pianist. She loved hearing him play.
Oldest son Jim played baseball in Ocean Beach Little League and Margaret served on the board of directors. When Jim turned 13, the kids from Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Loma Portal Little Leagues all came together at Peninsula Pony League. There, Margaret and Ken (who was a coach) made friendships that have lasted more than 40 years.
Margaret also enjoyed being a member of the Peninsula Lions Club, The Children’s Hospital Silvergate Auxilary and the San Diego Historical Society Travel Group, for which Margaret and Ken led several tours.
As the next generation of Harveys came along, Margaret (now “Oma”) loved watching her grandchildren Christopher, Elizabeth, Kimberly, Kyle, and Cody play music, dance and play sports. “Oma” and “Opa” were permanent fixtures at every one of their grandkids’ events. The family thanks mom’s wonderful caregivers: Vicky, Rosie, Mina, Eddy and Rene.
Margaret is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ken; sons Jim (Teresa), Doug (Pam); and grandchildren Christopher (Amanda), Elizabeth, Kimberly (Dan), Kyle and Cody.
Margaret’s service’s were held Monday, April 30 at the Point Loma Presbyterian Church. The family asks that donations be made in Margaret’s memory to: Sharp Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1750, La Mesa, 91944.