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Nell J. Harper

March 10, 1937 - November 12, 2017 Toughkenamon, PA | Age 80 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Friend.

Nell J. Harper (Hodge), age 80, of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 12, 2017.  She was the wife of Junior Ray Harper, who passed away in 1991, and with whom she shared 33 years of marriage.

Born in Butler, TN, 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 afterwards. 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, PA, daughters, Brenda Rominger (Spencer) of Avondale, PA Sandra Harper-Winnington and Dianna Harper both of Toughkenamon, PA; one brother Kenneth Roark, Brookhaven, PA three sisters, Rose Dickens of West Grove, PA,  Peggy Knolles of Oxford, PA and Helen Roark of West Chester, PA; 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; 2 brothers, James B. and Gene Hodge and one sister Sarah Francis.

You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday evening, November 17, 2017 and again from 10:00 to 11:00 on Saturday morning, November 18, 2017, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. Her Funeral service will follow at 11:00. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

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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Memorial Donations

Alzheimer's Association

399 Market Street, Suite 102
Philadelphia, PA 19106



November 17, 2017 6:00-8:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


November 18, 2017 10:00-11:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Service

November 18, 2017 11:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


November 18, 2017 Union Hill Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. I met Nell a few times through Sandy and Dez. She was a very nice lady and very friendly. I pray that she was met by Bob and her family at the gates of Heaven. My Deepest Sympathy for her family at this time of sorrow.

    Patti Hobson | November 15, 2017 at 9:54 AM
  2. I was very close with my Aunts all of my life as a teenager and young woman I would spend endless hours with them just talking sometimes serious other times just having fun,but as life happened I moved a distance away and had some health issues and lost touch but never lost the great love that I have for all of my family you will live on forever in my heart untill we meet again Aunt Nell love forever and always

    Debbie Curd | November 14, 2017 at 2:32 PM

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