Dolores Ann Harper

September 30, 1932 - November 29, 2019

Dolores Ann Harper of Plano, Texas passed away November 29, 2019 at the age of 87.  She was born on September 30, 1932 to Anthony Gremminger and Victoria (Weinzapfel) Gremminger in El Reno, Oklahoma.  The family relocated to Muenster TX where Dolores was raised a Roman Catholic in a tight knit German family community. 

Upon graduating from high school, she went to school, worked and lived at St. Anne’s home for single women.  An Altar attendant caught her eye in the fall, and she married Robert (Bobby) Howell on June 26, 1954.  The couple was the first couple to marry in the new Sanctuary at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster and settled in Ft Worth to begin their family.  Three daughters were born from this union. 

Dolores earned an associate degree in accounting from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and worked as a tax advisor for the Internal Revenue Service and seasonally for H&R Block. She also worked in the Judge Advocate General’s office for the United States Army.

Growing up, Dolores was especially close to her first cousin, Gretchen Rasch. The two spent summers together, inseparable as friends, participated in each other’s weddings and when they married, the two couples forged a close and supportive friendship.

Dolores married Bob and Gretchen married Ken and the couples raised children, spent family vacations together and enjoyed a life-long friendship. Dolores was widowed in 1981 and Ken in 1997. After a 40-year friendship, and shared faith, it seemed a natural fit to blend 2 families that were already close.   Dolores married Kenneth B. Harper on March 7, 1998 in Oceanport, New Jersey. 

Dolores loved butterflies, and enjoyed gardening, and sewing, and was an exceptional financial steward.  She had an adventurous soul, was onery by nature and was a loyal friend. She was blessed to travel and live in various states and regions of the country before replanting herself in her beloved Texas where she lived the last 2 years of her life. 

Dolores is survived by her husband, Kenneth Beldon Harper of Plano, Texas; daughters, Rebecca and husband, Dale Davis of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania; Stephanie and husband, Thomas Potter of Allen, Texas; and Jill and husband, David Jones of Frisco, Texas; Additionally, she is survived by sons, Scott Harper and wife, Claudia  of Houston, Texas, Paul Harper and wife, Kris of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and daughter, Julie and husband, Giff Pace of Atlanta, Georgia; The family is blessed with 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Victoria Gremminger; first husband, Robert Howell; two sisters, Geneva Pagel and Marian Stebbins; grandson, Stephen Harper.

The family will receive visitors during a Remembrance gathering to be held Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013 Sunday 12/8/2019 from 6-8pm.

A memorial Rosary & Mass service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1914 Ridgeview Drive, Allen, Texas 75013.  The Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Mass at 11:00 a.m. with a lunch reception to follow in the Church Community Hall.

Memoral contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Research Foundation in the name of Dolores Ann Harper.

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Becki, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you during these difficult days. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Jess Keener Haas, December 9, 2019 Jilly, Remembering your wonderful mother and sending prayers of comfort and peace. So very sorry for your loss. Delores has left her earthly home, but is now with our Lord and Savior. You will see her again. Hugs. John 11:25 - Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die."
Anita Von Fischer, December 8, 2019 I am so sorry for your loss. Love you Jill. Vanessa Grigry , December 7, 2019 Such a wonderful person with always a beautiful smile. It amazed Ken and me how she remembered everyone she met and never met a stranger. We offer our sincere condolences to her family and we know her memories will precede her. She will be missed by all, she is resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Love,
Ken and Evelyn Touchette, December 5, 2019 How I loved my Thursdays with you! Kicking back, drinking coffee, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments! My own mother being so far away, it was nice to connect with you. You became like a second mother to me. I missed you so much when you moved. I just knew our relationship would be forever changed! I’m glad you are no longer suffering and are “getting to see Stephen,” as your grand kids have said to me. Rest In Peace.
Kris Harper, December 5, 2019 You are all in my thoughts.
Tadd Boyce, December 5, 2019 Miss H was such a witty spark. Could liven up a room and make you feel welcome. She certainly passed on her sweetness and spunk to her daughters. We may miss you here, but know you are enjoying your just rewards. Love to you all.
Phyllis Walker Lee, December 4, 2019 Remembering Dolores, she was a kind and lovely lady. She will be missed by many. Sympathies to the entire family. Richard/Karen Tarr, December 3, 2019 Blessings to you and your family. Becky, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.
Donna Mooney, December 2, 2019