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1/29/2013 8:00:00 AM
Betty L. Harper
Jan. 5, 1931 - Jan. 26, 2013

Mrs. Betty L. Harper, 82, of Rochester, passed away at 11:42 p.m. on Jan. 26 at St. Vincent's Heart Care Center, Indianapolis.

Born on Jan. 5, 1931, Betty was the precious daughter of Lester and Chloe Floyd. As one of seven children growing up on the farm, she shared her childhood with four sisters and two brothers. In 1950, with great pride, she graduated from Macy High School.

On March 28, 1953, in Akron, with the Reverend Slaybaugh presiding, Betty married her best friend Arthur L. 'Art' Harper. Their love and devotion to each other spanned nearly 60 years. Together they raised a son, Donald, and a daughter, Sharon. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

As the matriarch of the family, Betty loved the visits of the grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She is remembered as an extraordinary seamstress, many times creating shirts, dresses and curtains. Grandma Betty was best known for her gifts of warmth, especially custom created pajamas - complete with feet.

Enjoying the outdoors in earlier years, Betty planted flower gardens that enhanced the landscape of her home. She especially used petunias, one of her favorites, and of course, the holidays brought about the cherished poinsettia. To keep sharp, Betty enjoyed the challenges of crossword puzzles.

Betty is lovingly remembered by her husband, Arthur, at home; one daughter, Sharon Bockover and husband Kevin, of Twelve Mile; one son, Donald Harper, of Rochester; three sisters, Della Wilson, of South Bend, Ruth Carrithers and husband Brice, of Peru, and Aretha Mills, of Rochester; one brother, David Floyd and wife Kathy, of Nyona Lake; nine grandchildren, Cody Bockover, Kristina Bockover, Melisha Rensberger, Elijah Harper, Ashlee Harper, Adrial Harper, Jon-Tae Harper, Patrick Card and Brittney Card; and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Dale Floyd; one sister, Grace Mills; and one daughter-in-law, Delberta 'Dee' Harper.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Betty L. Harper will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to her services.

She will be laid to eternal rest on the family plot in the Akron Cemetery.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Society through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

Online messages of sympathy may be made to Betty's family at

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