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SHIRLEY H HARPER

December 28, 1923 - March 25, 2021

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Ann, 415 S. 6th Street, Emmaus, Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:00 am, Msgr. Edward Coyle officiating. Committal services will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Indiantown Gap Road, Annville, Pennsylvania at 1:45 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit the continuing care of her beloved grandson at his assisted living facility. Checks may be sent to Paul D. Rutherford, c/o Chase Bank, 5390 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL 32955.

Shirley H. Harper, 97, of Rockledge, Florida passed away on March 25, 2021. A resident of several long-term care facilities in both Florida and Pennsylvania, Mrs. Harper was born in Powell River, British Columbia on December 28, 1923. She moved to Detroit, Michigan with her late parents Augusta B. and Joseph P. Conn, and her late siblings Bernice Frank and Joseph Conn, Jr. where she eventually received her US citizenship.
She was the wife of the late John R. Harper and predeceased by her sons Robert D. Coles and Stephen E. Zimmerman. She is survived by sons Richard L. Coles (Nancy, deceased) of Melbourne, Florida, John K. Coles, Jr. of Kettering, Ohio, and William S. Zimmerman of Centerville, Ohio, and James B. Zimmerman of Melbourne, Florida. She is also survived by daughters Carolyn J. Wright (David) of Freehold, New Jersey, Susan J. Weigand (Victor) of Melbourne, Florida, and Lynn A. Daugherty (Charles) also of Melbourne, Florida. Her grandchildren include 5 grandsons, 6 granddaughters, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Harper received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton, Ohio. She was a guidance counselor and home economics teacher for West Carrollton Junior High School in West Carrollton, Ohio. An avid bridge player, Mrs. Harper was involved in many activities and interests.
Always able to see the good in others, she had many friends during the span of her long life. Most will remember her for her bright smile and sparkling laughter. She was loved dearly by her family and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

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