July 14, 1960 - March 31, 2021
Auburn, Washington - Marie Ann Harper, 60, of Auburn, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 31, in her home, with her family by her side.
Marie was born at Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Virginia, July 14th, 1960. The daughter of Leo and Mary Ellen Nelson. Survived by Mary Ellen. She moved to many places with her older brother Terry and younger sister and brother, Debbie and Jim. From Langley Air Force Base they moved to Tripoli, Libya where they stayed for 2 years until the 7 day war sent them back to the US, Hamilton Air Force Base. In 1970 they moved to University Place then to Parker, South Dakota. And back to Kent, WA in 1977.
Marie married Thomas Harper Sr in 1981, lived in South Prairie and ultimately moved to Auburn in 1986. She has lived in Auburn since and raised her two boys, Thomas and Gary Harper. She has loving family and friends in the area, including her sister in law Ruth, brother in law Jeff, her daughter in laws Ashli and Heidi, many beloved nieces and nephews and her treasured granddaughters Haleigh, Elli and Maddie.
Once married she has multiple part-time jobs, all while doing her best job, raising her two boys. When they got older she went to Green River Community College and completed her AA all while on the deans list. She then started the career she always dreamed of in accounting. And ended with Teamsters Local 174 as Bookkeeper/Office Manager. When away from work she was an avid tennis player. Competing on the weekends at the 4.0 level. She also traveled to watch tennis including the US Open.
To honor Marie go have some Baskin and Robins or Sees Candy, go play a match of tennis, read a story to your grandchild, work a couple hours longer, read a good book, put a color streak in your hair, take a trip to Ocean Shores, go watch some tennis, build your dream kitchen and remember to always love your family. Marie, you will be missed.
If you would like to pay respects to Marie, funeral service will be held Saturday, April 17th at Mountain View Cemetery, Lakewood, WA. Viewing at 12, service at 1 pm with reception to follow.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 11, 2021.