Ella Rita Harper, 85, of Beverly, died Saturday (Oct. 26, 2013) at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
She was born April 12, 1928, in Manchester Township, Morgan County, Ohio, daughter of Dale and Bernice Campbell Haines. She was a homemaker and graduated from Manchester High School. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was married May 7, 1949 to James H. Harper who died July 8, 1982. She is also survived by two sons, Randy Harper and wife, Sharon, of Beverly and Joe Harper of Beverly; two daughters, Janet Beaver and husband Scott of Whipple and Jane Schwendeman and husband, Rollie, of Salem, Ohio; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale Thomas (Mary Collins) of McConnelsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a sister, Alice Reed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly with Brother Rollie Schwendeman officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Donations may be made to the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mccurdyfh.com