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Ava Nell Harper

Snyder, Texas

Sep 16, 1933 – Nov 15, 2020 (Age 87)


September 16, 1933
November 15, 2020
Snyder, Texas


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Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home - Snyder Obituary

Ms. Ava Nell Harper, 87 of Snyder,TX died on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Lubbock after an illness.

Service for Ms. Ava Nell Harper will be held on Thursday, November 19,2020 , at 2:00 PM  at First Baptist Church Chapel  with Pastor Ben Reid  officiating. Internment will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Ms. Ava Nell Harper was born on Saturday, September 16, 1933 in Avery, TX to Carl Henry and Opal Mae Russett. She moved to Snyder and married the love of her life John Harper on Saturday, July 12, 1952. She and John moved several places around the US but came back to Snyder to raise their family of five children.  Nell was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Snyder. She and John enjoyed many years of traveling with Church Builders and she enjoyed her time with her Sunday School class filled with her dearest and closest friends. 

She enjoyed several jobs in her life from Perry Brothers, the answering service, to The Green Stamp Store and Snyder ISD as a cafeteria worker and bus aid. She was a caregiver at heart and took care of many children and elderly alike. While she enjoyed her time working outside the home her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Nell loved the Scurry County Senior Center and volunteered for delivering meals for close to ten years. Many of her friends at “The Center” would say she’s a hoot because of her great sense of humor. 

She will be great missed by her friends and still growing family and leaves a legacy of love and laughter for decades.

She is survived by:

Daughter & Son in Law - Carla (Larry) Thompson, Snyder, TX

Daughter & Son in Law - Michelle (Chad) Kuhl, Snyder, TX

Daughter & Son in Law - Sheila (Mike) Jordan, Ropesville, TX

Son & Daughter in Law - Mr. Richard Regis (Margaret) Harper, Snyder, TX

Brother - Roy Russett, De Kalb, TX

Grand Children

James (Yvette) Jordan, Lubbock, TX

David (Kristi) Jordan, Lubbock, TX

Harley Harper, Austin, TX

Colton Harper, Fort Worth, TX

Kati Harper, Snyder, TX

Brad Runnels, Snyder, TX

Jacki (Cooper) Wadleigh, Snyder, TX

Temi (Jake) Scott, Snyder, TX

Chris (Kali) Sorrells, Snyder, TX

Kasey (Allie) Krop, Snyder, TX

Braison Kuhl, Snyder, TX

She was preceded in death by:

husband John Thea Harper,

mother and father,

daughter Cecilia Runnels and

brother Harold Wayne Russett.

There is no visitation planned at this time.

Online Condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com


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My prayers to the family. She will always be remembered as a kind, sweet and great lady

Our thoughts and prayers for the Harper family. May gods comfort surround you during this difficult time.

Prayers for comfort

Losing a mother is so difficult, and my heart aches for you all. I will remember her smile, and also a scolding many years ago when Cecilia and I were playing...I'm sure it was well deserved....however she had a way of dealing love along with her discipline. May you all know the peace that passes all understanding.

Regis ,Very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother.
Our condolences to you and your family.

Prayers for strength and comfort for all the family of this sweet fun lady. Fond memories!
Sincere condolences from
Peggy Trice Vernon

Dear REGIS, SHEILA, CARLA, MICHELLE & FAMILY: I was so sad to read about NELL's passing! I just Pray GOD will Embrace each of you with Comfort & Peace as HE Heals your Broken Hearts! She was a very Special Woman to me! I Loved her Dearly! Much Love to all of you!