Lillian Harper

Lillian "Biddy" Harper

Lillian “Biddy” Harper

Lillian Alice Brown Nelson Harper, 95, of Piketon, Ohio, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Care in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Affectionately known as “Biddy” by family and friends, she was born in Champaign County, Ohio, on October 23, 1920, to the late Stacy and Irma Cutler Brown.
Biddy was married to the late Merle E. Nelson on June 28, 1942. They were married for 25 years. She was married to the late Robert E. Harper on February 7, 1975, and they were married for 32 years.
She was a former member of the Piketon Methodist Church and a current member of the Piketon Church of Christ. Biddy was a former Sunday School teacher, MYF, 4-H, and Girl Scout leader, Piketon Rebekah Lodge member, Pike County Democrat Ladies Club member, and was known by many as the “Birthday Card Lady.” She was a retired Piketon Post Office employee.
Survivors include her children, James E. (Linda) Nelson of Piketon, Alice Nelson (Gary) Kidwell of Vanceburg, Robert E. (Margaret) Harper of Tram, and Rosemary Harper (David) Yates of Oak Hill, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, Merle (Mandy) Kidwell, Stacy Kidwell, Tai (Keith) Hieneman, John Nelson, Jamie (Jeff) Davis, James E. (Kim) Nelson, Brad (Becky) Poe, Shayne (Joy) Poe, Melinda (David) Armstrong, Matthew Harper, Graig Harper, Stoney (Lisa) Harper, and Micah (Stephanie) Harper; 20 great-grandchildren, Carson Kidwell, Kate Kidwell, Selah Kidwell, Alex Kidwell, Claire Hieneman, Troy Davis, Rille Davis, Dana Nelson, Gabe Nelson, Emily (Seth) Williamson, Lydia Poe, Sydney Poe, Lauren Poe, Emerson Armstrong, Mason Harper, Shaeleigh Harper, Luke Harper, Steven Harper, Cortney Harper, Jordan Harper, and Eric Harper; two nieces, Linda Brown and Susan (John) Huffman; and a nephew, John (Mary Ann) Nelson.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles C. and Opal Brown; and a daughter-in-law, Ardith Harper.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home in Piketon with Minister Robert S. Harper and Minister Dean Manning officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery at Piketon.
Friends may call at the Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Piketon Church of Christ and Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Care.
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