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Ruth Marie Harper

February 6, 1939 — October 9, 2022

Ruth Marie Harper

Ruth Marie Harper, 83, of Saegertown, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

Ruth was born in Scranton, on February 6, 1939, a daughter of the late Samuel and Ruth (Carbaugh) Capazo.

In October of 1957, Marie married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. Richard Harper, Captain, United States Navy; he preceded her in death on February 21, 2019.

She was of the Protestant faith.

A graduate of Chambersburg Area High School, Marie had attended a number of schools due to her father's work. A dedicated wife and mother, Marie enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family. Additionally she was a caring Licensed Practical Nurse. At her husband's side wherever his military career led him, Marie had worked at Bethesda Naval Hospital, as well as various hospitals and nursing homes in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, MD, Indianapolis, IN, and Virginia Beach, VA. She was also a substitute teacher in Guam. Marie loved to travel, read, do Sudoku puzzles, and she was a Master Gardener. She enjoyed being outdoors, her daily walks at Woodcock Dam, and playing the game of Mahjong. Marie will be remembered for her kind spirit. She will be sadly missed.

Marie is survived by a daughter Cynthia Michelle "Shelly" Harper of Saegertown; a granddaughter Whitney; two great grandchildren Cleopatra and Athena; four sisters Geraldine "Gere" Burns (Jere) of Monroeville, Trudy Capazo of TX, Rosemary Bryson of Tucson, AZ, Vonnie Capazo (Tom) of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her beloved husband, Richard, of 61 years, Marie was preceded in death by a son Mike.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 PM on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE, with Rev, Jeff Conley officiating.

Marie will be laid to rest with her husband, Richard, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marie's memory to her son's memorial scholarship fund (account # 25471) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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A Memorial Service

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. - Meadville

404 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335

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