Nell J. Harper of Toughkenamon

Nell J. Harper (Hodge), 80, of Toughkenamon, died suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 12. She was the wife of Junior Ray Harper, who died in 1991, and with whom she shared 33 years of marriage.

Nell J. Harper

Born in Butler, Tenn., on March 10, 1937, to the late John L. Hodge and the late Bessie Elkins Hodge.

Nell was a certified nursing assistant at Pocopson Home for more than 20 years; she had a passion and love for taking care of others.

All the neighborhood kids thought of her home as their second home, she always loved having a lot of people around, and all who met her were welcomed in her home. She was always ready to cook you a good southern meal; she would have fed the world if she had the means to, no one ever left her house hungry. She always went above and beyond to make sure her kids and grandkids were well taken care of, even when times were hard, she seemed to have a knack for stretching a dollar as far as it would go.

Nell enjoyed spending time with her family and the trips to Tennessee and the Outer Banks. She enjoyed listening to country music, especially Alan Jackson, whom she got to see in concert in Atlantic City, which she talked about for many years afterward. She loved kids and animals especially her dog Spookers. Nell was loved by all who had the pleasure to know her and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her Son Tom Harper, West Grove, daughters Brenda Rominger (Spencer) of Avondale, Sandra Harper-Winnington and Dianna Harper both of Toughkenamon; one brother Kenneth Roark, Brookhaven, three sisters, Rose Dickens of West Grove, Peggy Knolles of Oxford, and Helen Roark of West Chester; four grandchildren, Rodney Rominger, Crystal Rominger , Desiree Harper and Matthew Harper, and one great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Fahey.

She was predeceased by her oldest son Bobby Harper; two brothers, James B. and Gene Hodge and one sister Sarah Francis.

You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. Her Funeral service will follow at 11. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square.

In memory of Nell, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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