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Verneal Marie Harper
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Verneal Marie Harper age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning, December 13, 2017 at her home.
She was born August 23, 1930 in Porter Township, Michigan the eldest of 11 children born to the late Vernon and Dorothy (Kapff) Northrup.
Mrs. Harper resided in Sturgis coming from the LaGrange and Shipshewana, Indiana area.
On April 21, 1950 she married Edward R. Harper in Breckenridge, Michigan. He died February 28, 1997.
Verneal along with her husband owned and operated the Whistle Stop Boutique in Shipshewana, Indiana for over 10 years and she was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
She enjoyed painting and was a very talented seamstress and quilter and had made and donated many quilts to the homeless shelter in Elkhart, Indiana. Many will miss her incredible cooking and baking and she enjoyed both the most when she was able to share with others. She loved time spent in her many flower gardens that seemed to always be blooming and weed free.
She is survived by one daughter: Debora (Jack Gillespie) Harper of Middlebury, Indiana; one son: Bradley (Rhonda) Harper of Sturgis; three grandchildren: Jason Harper of Sturgis, Justin Harper of Grand Rapids and Jodi Kay (Neil) Modert of Bronson; 14 great grandchildren: Laine, Cameron, Anthony, Cole, Isaac, Audrey, Bradley, Noah, Gabriel, Brady, James, Justin, Jr., Leeham and Leeland; one sister: Shirley Gee of Alma and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and seven brothers.
In accordance with her wishes her body has been willed to the Michigan State University Anatomical Gift Program. The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis where a memorial service celebrating and honoring the life of Verneal Marie Harper will begin at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday. The Rev. Jim Pierson will officiate. A private graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at the Keightley Cemetery in Shipshewana, Indiana at a later date.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Harper’s memory consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the First Baptist Church Missionary Fund (for missionaries: Rick and Anita Gutierrez), 1050 E. Fawn River Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfunralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


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First Baptist Church

1050 E. Fawn River Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091

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Tuesday

19

Dec

3:00 PM
First Baptist Church

1050 E. Fawn River Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091

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