EVA-HARPER-Obituary

EVA HARPER

Bethany, Oklahoma

May 2, 1923 – Feb 4, 2019 (Age 95)

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Eva May Harper
May 2, 1923 - Feb. 4, 2019

BETHANY
Eva May Hornbaker was born May 2, 1923, to Cecil and Margaret Hornbaker, of Newton, KS. Two years later, her little brother, Bill, completed the family. Her entire childhood was spent in Newton, and she graduated as a Newton Railroader in 1941. Coming to Bethany to attend Bethany-Peniel College (now SNU) was always her dream. The moment she stepped foot on "Hallowed Ground," she became a Bethany-ite, and for 78 years, she lived and breathed Bethany – the school, city, church, people, family. Eva May was the true embodiment of her city. Whether it was by singing in the choir at Bethany First Nazarene Church for 71 years, teaching at Bethany Public Schools for 30 years or selling Avon for 38 years, she knew everyone and everything. While at Bethany-Peniel College, she met the love of her life, Leonard C. Harper. They were married Aug. 29, 1944, and their only child, Peggy Lynn, was born Sept. 23, 1948. Leonard went to be with the Lord in 1980, and now on Feb. 4, 2019, Eva May has joined him in heaven. They are singing and praising God, together at last. Two of her greatest joys in life were her two grandsons, Preston Simms (1982), and Reed Simms (1985). You will never meet a more involved Gran-Gran. Taking trips, hitting balls, shooting baskets, playing cards, and attending every ball game or event, she was always there. Eva May was a woman of service. She received numerous awards for her service and generosity, such as SNU Alumni of the Year, BPS Wall of Fame, and Cathedral Choir Member of the Year. If you added all her service years, the total would be well over 150 years, including 28 years with Meals on Wheels, 20 years on Bethany First Nazarene's church board, 75 years in various choirs and singing ensembles and 30 years of birthday card outreach (everyone says they got a card from Eva May every single year). In addition, Eva May organized a group for widows and was known as an encourager and an includer. She made giving to others a priority, knowing that her God would always provide for her. Now, she has achieved the greatest of all rewards. WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. Special love, thanks and appreciation to her favorite nephew, Dr. Chuck Hornbaker and wife Connie, who were with her at her passing. A Celebration of Eva May's Life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Leonard and Eva May Harper Scholarship Fund at Southern Nazarene University. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com


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Deepest sympathies to all in your family for your great loss during this difficult time of sorrow. May the promise found at John 6:40 bring you comfort and hope in the days ahead.

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family of Eva May Harper during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. Psalm 116:15