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Florence Olive Harriet Harper (née Gillies)

Florence Olive Harriet Harper (née Gillies)

March 15, 2021

Florence Olive Harriet Harper (née Gillies)
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: https://www.facebook.com/England-Funeral-Home-1863283503935858. 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.


My condolences to the Harper family.

— Linda Brown, April 14, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to the family.

— Jack & Trish Hoffele, March 28, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of your resent loss. Our deepest sympathies to all her family

— Rod and Gaye Whie, March 22, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Bob and the family.

— Stan & Linda Harris, March 22, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the Harper family. Arnold & June Carter and family.

— Arnold & June Carter, March 22, 2021

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Our sincere condolences. Gail and Derek

— Gail Bridgwater, March 21, 2021

We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Bob and Family. Florence was a great Family person...That was her life. The tributes by Family at her funeral were wonderful and really conveyed how much she was loved and will be missed by her Family and Friends. You are in our prayers and thoughts. From Marlyn & Rowland Howard

— Marlyn, March 21, 2021

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Harper family during their time of loss.

— John and Joyce McLean and family, March 21, 2021

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Bob, Marjorie Young, and Lily

— Marjorie Young, March 20, 2021

We send our deepest sympathy to all of the Harper family.

— Barry & Thelma Rawn, March 20, 2021

Uncle Bob and Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of Florence. She always had a smile and a kind word to say every time we saw her.

— Mark & Penny Calder, March 20, 2021

My condolences Bob to you & your family on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family .

— Bob McClure, March 19, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Wishing you faith to light your way and loving memories to help comfort you.

— Lynn Reeves, March 19, 2021

My condolences to all of the Harper family. Thinking of you at this time John Dungey and Family

— John Dungey, March 18, 2021

Our condolences to the Harper family . Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and strength. from Lloyd and Anita Wierenga

— lloyd and Anita Wierenga, March 18, 2021

On Monday, March 15, 2021, the world lost a truly wonderful lady, Florence Harper. As we hold a private family funeral this Saturday, March 20th, we will always remember her soft-spoken voice, kind heart, positive outlook to life and a love so deep for all her family and friends. We were blessed to have such a kind soul to cherish as a Mother and Grandmother to our children. She inspired our lives with the imprint that kindness and compassion make all the difference in the world. Until we meet again, much love from Jim, Theresa, Jacqueline, Diana, Andrew and Jonathan Harper.

— Jim and Theresa Harper, March 18, 2021

My sincere sympathies to the Harper family...

— Lynne Turner, March 18, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Harper family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Jim and Judy Coffey

— Judy Coffey, March 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Mother. May your memories bring you comfort.

— Diana(White) Koehler, March 18, 2021

Harper family, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. There are so many memories of Florence at the farm, but I think the one I will pick to remember is of driving by on Birmingham Street and seeing Bob and Florence sitting outside on one of the benches enjoying the summer day and each other's company. Take Care.

— Dave Kirkpatrick, March 18, 2021

Harper Families: Thinking of you all as I read of Mrs. Harper's passing. So many great Harper memories where you all made her smile. Please accept my condolences but know she won't be forgotten. Xo

— Tali McGovern, March 17, 2021

Condolences to all the Harper Family. I remember your mom as a quiet, hard working, dedicated and resourceful lady. She had many reasons to be very proud of her family and I am sure you will all miss her immensely.

— Ruth (Mather) Halford, March 17, 2021

Uncle Bob & Family our Condolences in the loss of a Dear Wife, Mother & Grandmother. Aunt Florence was a very Caring, Kind & soft spoken person and always Happy to see you. Will miss our visits with her when we are able to visit in Ontario after COVID. Take Care & Love to All Linda & Tom Friars Riverview, NB

— Linda Friars, March 17, 2021

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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