Born to Janet and Hyman Brand (who survived their daughter) in Quantico, Virginia, she graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1975. In 2006, she was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, from Summerton, South Carolina, serving until her death at the age of 56 from breast cancer at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston.
A Presbyterian, she was survived by her parents, her daughter, a sister, and two nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Alexander Harvin, III (died 2005), whose house seat she was elected to in a special election.
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