Mrs. Vera A. Harper, 86, of Bartlesville, died at 8:50 P.M. on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Integris Baptist Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma.
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Funeral services for Mrs. Harper will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Disciples Christian Church with Dr. Bill Inglish officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
A memorial has been established to the PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease), 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, Mo., 64114-2000. (pkdcure.org)
Mrs. Harper was born at Paruna, in Harper County, Oklahoma on March 12, 1925 to John William and Myrtle Agnes (Rea) Appleton. She grew up on the family farm in Harper County and attended Selman High School where she graduated with her twin brother Vernon in 1943. She attended Northwestern College at Alva for a semester before moving to Denver, Colorado, where she worked for the Denver Dry Goods. She later returned to Buffalo, Oklahoma and was employed with the draft board. She married Frankie "Earl" Harper on April 6, 1947 at Buffalo, Oklahoma. They made their home in Buffalo until moving to Bartlesville in 1955. In 1957 they purchased the Southern Abstract Company in Bartlesville which they operated together until Mr. Harper's death. It is still operated by their son, Owen. Mrs. Harper loved to golf and was proud of having shot a "Hole in One" at the Adams Golf Course. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with her Wednesday bridge club at Hillcrest Country Club, along with several other monthly groups. She was a founding member of the Disciples Christian Church and was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship. She was a good sport and tried almost any adventure that Earl came up with. Despite being petrified of water she learned to water ski and also went snow skiing where she broke her shoulder. She gave river rafting a try…once.
Mrs. Harper is survived by her son, Owen Harper and his wife, Catherine Blakley of Bartlesville, daughter, Kathleen Neville of Boise, Idaho, two sisters, Ilomae Beck and her husband Glenn of Buffalo, Oklahoma and Geraldine Martin of Woodward, Oklahoma, her favorite granddaughter, Wendy Tucker and husband Andrew of Centennial, Colorado, great granddaughter, Lucy Tucker, also of Centennial and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Harper was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, two brothers, her son-in-law, Phil Neville and her husband, Earl Harper on December 24, 2000.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from February 17 to March 17, 2012