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Florence Olive Harriet Harper (née Gillies)

March 15, 2021


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HARPER, Florence Olive Harriet (née Gillies) – Passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at Royal Terrace, Palmerston in her 86th year. Survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert “Bob” Harper. Dear mother of Robert (Deb) Harper, Ron (Nancy) Harper, Mary Beth (Glenn) Sutton, Dorothy Grotenhuis, and Jim (Theresa) Harper. Survived by her brothers Harvey (Betty) Gillies and Mervin Gillies, sisters-in-law Etta Gillies, Velma Bramhill (Bob Rundle) and brothers-in-law Art Dungey and Bruce Harper. Cherished grandmother of Steven (Julie) Small, Rob Harper, Becky Harper, Allison (Jason) Wierenga, Scott Harper, Brett Harper (Eryn Stewart), Stacey Harper, Dale Sutton, Amanda Sutton, Katelyn Sutton, Daryl (Pat) Grotenhuis, Shawn (Kelly) Grotenhuis, Tim Grotenhuis, Jacqueline Harper, Diana Harper, Andrew Harper and Jonathan Harper. Loving great-grandmother of Owen Small, Christopher Small, Henry Wierenga, Logan Wierenga, Seth Grotenhuis, Aaron Grotenhuis, Jesse Grotenhuis, Caleb Grotenhuis, Maddox Grotenhuis and Emmett Grotenhuis. Predeceased by her daughter Bonnie Small and son David Harper; siblings Betty (Edwin) Abercrombie, Don Gillies, Carmen Gillies, Jack Gillies, Keith Gillies, Marlene Harper, Ken Gillies, and Gordon Gillies (Mary Lou Burke); and sisters-in-law Ida (Leonard) Patterson and Joan Dungey. Florence was born and raised in Proton Township. After marrying Bob, together they raised a family and farmed in Arthur Township. Florence was actively involved in the Mount Forest UCW and Agricultural Society throughout the years. Family was a very big part of her life. Her family and friends will sadly miss her. A private funeral service will be held at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Extended family and friends are invited to view the service livestream by visiting: Spring interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Florence are asked to consider the Mount Forest United Church, Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.

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