Betty Jane Gill Harper (1924 - 2014)

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Betty Jane Gill Harper, 90, of Sellersburg, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Center in New Albany.
Born Jan. 3, 1924, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Doris Marie Crabb Gill and Albert Gill. She was one of six children: Helen (Gill) Storz, John Gill, Robert Gill, Lois (Gill) Monies and Mary Lou (Gill) Grillo Bode.
Her sisters and brothers-in-law included Conrad Storz, Doris Gill, Jean Gill, Larry Monies, Nick Grillo, Marvin Harper, Evelyn (Harper) Thompson, Jeanne (Harper) Nichols and Patty (Harper) Dixon.
On April 1, 1942, she married H. Glen Harper of Seymour. They had four children: Monte Gil Harper (deceased), Gary Glen Harper, Susan Marie Surgoth (husband, Steve Surgoth, deceased) and Gregg Alan Harper (wife, Mary Suzanne Schaeffer, deceased). She was also blessed with grandchildren: Logan Glen Harper, Emily Marie Harper, Stephanie Marie (Surgoth) (Ryan) Winkel, Amy Jane Surgoth, Steven Harper Surgoth, Michael Glen Harper, Mary Catherine Harper and Sarah Ann Harper; a great-granddaughter, Vivien Marie Winkel; and several nieces and nephews. Vivien loved her great-grandmother, "Gee Gee."
Betty and Glen moved to Indianapolis from Seymour in 1959 and subsequently to Sellersburg in 1970. Betty was a doting mother and a caring and loving grandmother. While in Sellersburg, she worked as the secretary of the superintendent of West Clark Community Schools. She was a member of Sellersburg United Methodist Church. She loved to play Bunco with her friends while in Sellersburg and loved to vacation with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed but kept forever in our hearts.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, Monte G. Harper; brothers, John H. Gill and Robert Gill; and sisters, Lois A. Mon-ies, Mary Lou Bode and Helen Storz.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Voss Chapel, Seymour, with the Rev. Jon Pearce officiating. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home email at
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at
Funeral Home
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 522-5558
Funeral Home Details
Published in Tribune from Mar. 4 to Mar. 8, 2014
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