Joan L. Harper

August 13, 1933 ‒ March 25, 2009

Edison, Ohio

Joan L. Harper, age 75, of Edison, died Wednesday morning, March 25, 2009, at the Sunbridge Care Center following a three month illness and several other ailments she had battled for years.

On August 13, 1933, Joan was born in Cardington, Ohio, the daughter of the late Marvin “Happy” and Margaret (Downing) Hack. She graduated from Cardington High School in the Class of 1951.

After noticing a young man who was doing business with her father, Jack M. Harper, they eventually were formally introduced at a birthday party. Then shortly following her graduation Joan and Jack married on June 30, 1951 in Nappanee, Indiana. They enjoyed nearly fifty six years of marriage until he preceded her in death on April 13, 2007.

A loving homemaker, Joan always made sure everyone in her family was taken care of. For her husband, she helped take care of the family farm while he was away at work, or when he and their children were in the fields she would bring them a warm home cooked meal.

A wonderful cook, her family looked forward to every meal she ever made, and they would attest that there was never a bad meal served at their mother’s table. Some of her family’s favorite dishes were chicken and noodles, any flavor of pie, and especially her caramel corn.

For Joan, all twelve months of the year were needed for shopping for Christmas presents. Many years she would say “this is going to be a bad Christmas” and each member of her family would still receive countless thoughtful presents. It was not uncommon for her to be found baking Christmas cookies at 2:00 a.m. to make sure there would be enough for everyone.

Having a very strong will, Joan was able to survive more pain than most could bear. She was a hard working woman, who truly had the heart of a “servant.”

She was a member of the Boundary United Methodist Church.

Joan will be dearly missed by her three sons: Stanley (Cecelia) Harper, Stephen (Deborah) Harper, and Jeremy Harper, all three of Edison; three daughters: Wilhelmenia Smith of Centerburg, Deborah (Leonard) Benson of Cardington, and Melinda (Todd) Corder of Jacksonville, Florida; twelve grandchildren: Joe (Anna) Smith, Gene (Katja) Smith, Bill (Katy) Smith, Jon (Kristin) Smith, Sam Smith, and James Smith, Hollie (John) Davis, Josh (Carla) Harper, Mikayla Harper, Ashley Harper, Shelby Harper, and Taylor Corder; eight great-grandchildren: Felicia, Cora, Emma, Dayna, Amelia, Caleb, Jacob and Grace; two brothers: James Hack of Fairfield, California, and Richard (Kathie) Hack of Cardington; several brothers and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by her son-in-law: Hildreth “Smitty” Smith; brother, Bill Hack; and sister, Janice Kennedy.

The Harper family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where services celebrating her life will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Johncox officiating. Burial will follow in Caledonia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boundary United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 114, Edison, Ohio 43320.

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