Hazel L. Harper, 91, died on July 12, 2021 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Hazel was born in Pike County, Indiana on February 24, 1930 to Elmer and Mabel Maxey who preceded her in death in 1963 and 1982, respectively. Also preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Harper, Major USA, son, Douglas L. Harper, step-daughter, Dianne Willis, daughter-in-law, Nancy Harper, brothers Roy E. and Paul E. Maxey, sisters, Evelyn Julian, Betty L. Kiesel, and Thelma Ann Anderson.
She is survived by a son, Michael L. Harper of Canton, IL; daughter, Shirley L. Harper. Major USA Ret, of Kasson, MN.; step-daughter, Phyllis A. (Ronnie) Brown of Harrison, Arkansas; 9 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; 25 step-great-great-grandchildren, and a longtime friend, Franklin J. Jansen of Avon Park, Florida.
Hazel attended Pike County, and Winslow IN High School and Balboa Junior College, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. She worked for Government Civil Service for 18 years and concluded in 1977. She then was secretary for The First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, IN., retiring in 1985. She was a member of Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN. She, along with her husband of almost 50 years, moved 31 times while in The Army and Retirement. She was thankful for the many friends she made over her 91 years and all the things they accomplished during those years. Hazel enjoyed roller skating in her early years and taught her children to enjoy the same; one becoming a competitive skater. She was an accomplished seamstress; was a member of a Home Economics Club; and volunteered in many church activities. She moved to Minnesota in 2003 to live with her daughter Shirley.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Autumn Ridge Church, Timothy Chapel, in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Princeton, IN, on Tuesday July 20. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Harper family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"For the rest of my life I will forever miss my lovely, lovable friend Hazel. She was so precious and I loved her so very much. The world is now a sadder place without her. I feel so fortunate and blessed to have had Hazel as my true and loving friend and she will be with me in my thoughts and prayers forever. I pray; God bless and keep my precious friend Hazel. Frank "
"Hazel was a very gracious lady. I enjoyed my lunches with her and her daughter and visiting with them in their home. I know that she will be truly missed by her friends and family.
My prayers go to her family."
"Hazel will always be a sweet memory of our times of fellowship together in each others homes with her joyful spirit. Loving thoughts & prayers to family, Kathy & Ron Hooley"