Mary Ann Harper

August 26, 1933 ‒ February 16, 2020

Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Edison, Ohio

Mary Ann Harper, age 86, formerly of Mount Gilead and Edison, passed away Sunday morning, February 16, 2020 at Westbrook Assisted Living in Upper Sandusky.

On August 26, 1933, Mary Ann was born in Prospect, Ohio, a daughter of the late Howard Lawson and Thelma Isabelle (Biggerstaff) Long.  She graduated from Edison High School in the Class of 1951.

Over the years, Mary Ann held many jobs including helping with the family business, Harper’s Dairy, being a real estate agent at Ron Harper Realty and then with Vail Realty, and also spent many years as a receptionist at Morrow County Hospital.

A devout Christian, Mary Ann was part of the Edison and Canaan United Methodist Churches and Christ the King in Columbus.  She always spread the word of her Lord and Savior no matter where she was.

Mary Ann could usually be found watching Fox News or sports.  She especially loved baseball, the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, and Ohio State Football games.  She also enjoyed playing Back Alley Bridge and Yahtzee with family and friends.

An exceptional, devoted mother, Mary Ann loved all of her children.  She cherished watching their sporting events as they grew and loved to travel to visit them wherever they were stationed in the military or living.  She adored being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She always kept a candy bowl full for them, although she probably ate more of it than anyone.

Mary Ann will be remembered as a kind, sweet and loving woman.  She never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone.  When you met her, you easily became her friend.

Mary Ann will be dearly missed by her three daughters: Randi (Scott) Nickell of Marion, Angela (William) Trainer of Madison, AL, Tami (Mark) Webb of Huber Heights; two daughters-in-law: Sharon Harper of Osteen, FL, Juli Harper of Columbus: 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two sisters: Evelyn Guiher of Mount Gilead, Judy (Bob) Hite of Edison; her former husband and father of her children, Ronald Harper of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Lt. Colonel Ron Harper and Lt. Colonel Jeff Harper; a grandson, Luke Webb; and a brother-in-law, Virgil Guiher.

Mary Ann’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Edison United Methodist Church, 335 S. Boundary St., Edison, with Evangelist Ron Davis of Gospel Hill Ministries officiating.  Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mary Ann’s name may be made to Gospel Hill Ministry, 27610 Township Rd. 45, Warsaw, OH 43844 or to a charity of your choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Mary Ann’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting


  • Randi, Tami and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom passing. She was a great lady and never knew a stranger. I loved watching her at the games when she came to watch the kids play. She will be missed by many. God Bless you all.

  • So sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Hold on to the memories. ❤️ Sympathy and prayers to you and your family as you go through this difficult time🙏 Joe and Linda Blue

  • So sorry to hear of this great loss! I remember Mary Ann as a wonderful Mother and friend. My condolences to the family with prayers for peace!

  • Dear family of Mary Ann Harper
    I was very sorry to learn of Mary’s passing.
    We were neighbors of the Long family in 1947.
    Mary Ann and Evelyn were friends. Judy was younger.
    I made contact when I moved back from California.
    Mary Ann was very special in my book.

    Take care May the Lord be your comfort
    Sincerely Shirley (Fowble) Robinson

  • Randi – Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Memories are a wonderful salve to heal the wounds we feel when we lose a precious loved one. Sending hugs from NC!

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember her well from when I was young and she attended Edison United Methodist Church. She was a very sweet, devoted Christian lady. Heaven gained an angel.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember your mom as always happy and energetic. God bless your family!!

  • Dear Angie,
    I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, God bless her and may she rest in peace. My condolances to you and your entire family. Sending my love and hope for you to enjoy the best memories of your mother.
    Rick Stevens

  • Lots of love to all of you at this time.So sorry to here about the passing of your mother. What a beautiful Lady. “The women who fears the Lord shall be praised and her children shall rise up and call her blessed.”Proverbs 31

  • Prayers and blessings to all your family sorry for the loss of your mom may God give you strength when we grew up it was a simpler time Debbie Eddie and Joe

  • We were so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. I will remember her as truly living out her Christian faith with deep commitment. I consider it a blessing to have known her as neighbor and enduring friend.