Mrs. Edna R. Harper

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mrs. Edna Rowland Harper, age 86, a resident of 124 Pondora Drive, Washington, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pamlico Memorial Gardens in Washington conducted by Billy Ray Askew.

Mrs. Harper was born in Beaufort County on Jan. 7, 1926. She was the daughter of the late William Jesse Rowland and Lalla Pearl Bennett Rowland. Mrs. Harper was a graduate of Bath High School and Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College). She received her Master’s degree from East Carolina Teachers’ College (now East Carolina University). Mrs. Harper taught school in the public school systems for 45 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing, attending church and taking care of her family.

Mrs. Harper was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Harper; two sons, John Carlton Harper and William Jeffrey Harper; and three sisters, Lalla Ruth Rowland, Georgia Askew and Margaret Hewett.

She is survived by her brother, Bill Rowland and his wife, Rose of Washington; sister, Rebecca Wallace of Pinetown; grandson, Caleb Steven Harper of Pikesville; granddaughter, Melissa Harper Banks and her husband, Phil of Washington; daughter-in-law, Jackie Lewis Harper of Washington; four great-grandchildren including Abigail Olivia Banks of Washington, many nieces and nephews and her dog and constant companion, Jenny.

The family will receive friends at the home, 124 Pondora Drive, Washington after the service.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 814 Washington Plaza, Washington, NC 27889.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Harper family.