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Verta O. Harper (Matthews)

Verta O. Matthews Harper

An Eagle Point pioneer family descendent has died. Verta Matthews Harper, 90, of Eagle Point, died Thursday, March 30, 2006 at her daughter's home in Central Point.

Mrs. Harper was born April 15, 1915 in Eagle Point to Vernie and Nora Winkle Matthews. Verta graduated from Eagle Point High School and her ambition for years was to become a school teacher. Times were very hard back then and she never became a teacher. Verta's goal later in life was to see her daughter, Velda, become a school teacher. Velda has been a teacher now for over two decades with many children who have benefited.

On June 8, 1935 in Medford, she married Verne Rosell Harper, who preceded her in death in 1999.

Verta was a descendent of the 1851 pioneer and rancher's John Matthews family. John was credited with naming Eagle Point. Verta worked hard and hayed their cattle ranch near Eagle Point for 60 years.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading. She loved her grandchildren whom she cared for in countless hours in preschool years and beyond. She also belonged to the Antelope Sunday school where she was a charter member.

Survivors include her son, Vernon R. Harper; and a daughter, Velda F. Hunt, both of Central Point; grandchildren, Darren, Kevin and Stacy Harper and Matthew Hunt, all of Central Point, Emily Hunt of Howell, Mich., five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a son, Vance H. Harper and a sister, Velma Noble.

Service will be held Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel. Arrangements by Conger-Morris Central Point.