Anna M. Harper

February 14
, 2017

CARTHAGE, NY    Anna M. Harper, 97, formerly of Fuller Road, Carthage, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown. 

Born Oct. 29, 1919, in Great Bend, the daughter of Kenneth and Emma Burke Gaines, she attended school in Great Bend.  

She married Vernon W. Harper on June 28, 1938, at the Holy Family Church in Watertown. 

Anna was primarily a homemaker, while her husband ran the farm.

She is survived by two sons, Robert (Judy) Harper, Arlington, Texas, and David (Brenda) Harper, Carthage; four daughters, Rochelle (George) Waite, Carthage; Carol (David) Stoodley, Adams Center; Diana (George) Ashcraft, Watertown and Laureen (Bill) Duprey, Dexter. Also surviving are her two half-brothers, Ronald  (Barb) & Kenneth (Phyllis) Gaines, Copenhagen, 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great- great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Vernon W. Harper, 2003, her son, Charles T. Harper, July 4, 1989, and her siblings; Martin, Earl, Claude, Ralph, Ilene, Merlene, Leone, Agnes, Betty, Lorraine and Blanche.

She sold Avon for 40 years.  She was a member of the Red Hats Society. She also enjoyed bowling in the Carthage Bowling League.

Arrangements were made with the Scherer Funeral Home. 

A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the chapel the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc., 500 State St., with the Rev. Thomas James, pastor, of the Anglican Catholic Church, Carthage, officiating. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Burial will take place in the spring in the Sunnyside Cemetery, Naumburg.

Memorial donations can be made to: The American Cancer Society.

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Information provided by Lundy Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.