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Harper, Brenda

d. October 18, 2012

Brenda Lee Harper, 53, of Petersburg, passed away on October 17, 2012 at her home.

She is survived by her husband Rick Harper of Petersburg, daughters; Kristin (Steven) Conn, Keri (Fiancee Kyle Howerton) Harper, Kassandara (Companion Jesse Watts) Harper, 6 grandchildren, sister; Valerie (David) Kern-Lyons, and several nieces and nephews.

Brenda was born on March 27, 1959 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Donald and Phyllis Rust Kern. She is preceded in death by her father, Don Kern, and by an aunt, Kathy Humphres.

She married Rick Harper on January 26, 1980 in Athens, IL.

She was active in her church and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She had a compassionate and loving nature and spent much time helping those in need.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM till time of service at 11:00 AM at the Athens Christian Church on Friday, October 19, 2012. Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating. Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Brenda Harper Memorial Fund.


  1. So sorry to all your family. Brenda will be missed I know. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and girls, feel free to contact me if you ever want to just visit. Melissa Brauer (Sullivan) Applebee

  2. My sincere sympathy to your family. So sorry for your loss. Melissa Newingham Hartley

  3. I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Brenda’s passing. She was definitely a God send to us as we dealt with dad’s passing and mom’s illness. We will miss terribly.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Sincerest sympathy to all the family from a classmate (AHS ’78) and too-distant friend.

  5. I am very sorry for your loss. Brenda and I candy-striped together at Menard Convalescent Center and she was a very competent, compassionate caretaker there. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. My condolences. I did not know about Brenda’s passing. She was a classmate of mine (AHS ’78). My prayers to the family.

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