Fay "Bev" Harper
May 20, 1935 – May 19, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Fay Beverline Harper, known as Betty and Bev, announces her peaceful passing at St. Agnes hospital on Tuesday, May 19th, one day before her 85th birthday. Born in Missouri during the hard times of the Depression in 1935, her family moved to California when she was a child. She worked hard on her parent’s chicken ranch and attended school in Reedley.
She married John Harper and soon 3 children, Thomas, Paul, and Kathy came along. The family went camping almost every summer, traveling to many state and national parks. They bought a house in Fresno which she decorated beautifully. She was always a gracious hostess at family gatherings.
Bev earned her degree in education from Fresno State University and was a beloved teacher, spending most of her career at Slater Elementary, becoming a mentor teacher. She continued in education after retirement tutoring at-home students in Orange Cove. She was an active participant in a dinner club with other teachers, and met for many years monthly at local restaurants. Ms. Harper was known to be a good and faithful friend, especially remembering class reunions.
Bev was an avid reader and delighted in discussing authors and politics. She was able to follow the news right up to the end, and had lively discussions with her family which were always well founded and insightful. She enjoyed working out at the gym and made many friends there. She encouraged her daughter, Kathy, to follow her dream in tennis and was an avid fan of professional tennis. Cable TV wasn’t enough if it didn’t carry the tennis channel. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She thought the world of them!
She loved to travel and toured Italy, Greece, China, Israel and Egypt, and was thoughtful about bringing home souvenirs. Family was always first for Bev. When Paul became ill, she cared for him until she entered Fairwinds Assisted Living.
Bev is predeceased by her parents and her brothers. She is survived by her 3 children; Thomas Harper [Faith], Paul Harper, and Kathy Gonzalez; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Boice Funeral Home in Clovis, California is handling the final arrangements. Interment will be private due to virus restrictions, a memorial service has been postponed.
- Thomas Harper (Faith), Son
- Robert Harper (Katherine), Grandchild
- Samuel Harper, Great Grandchild
- Ezra Harper, Great Grandchild
- Kristen McClenahen (Rusty), Grandchild
- Amelia McClenahen, Great Grandchild
- Owen McClenahen, Great Grandchild
- Clara McClenahen, Great Grandchild
- Allison McClenahen, Great Grandchild
- Michael Harper, Grandchild
- Lisa Hickman, Step-Grandchild
- Kylie Hickman, Step-Great Grandchild
- Ethan Hickman, Step-Great Grandchild
- Todd Parizo, Step-Grandchild
- Paul Harper, Son
- Kathy Gonzalez, Daughter
- Nicole Rodriguez, Grandchild
- Dylan Rodriguez, Grandchild
- Courtney Rodriguez, Grandchild
- Elexis Rodriguez, Grandchild
- Jacob Rodriguez, Grandchild
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Fay "Bev" Harper
May 27, 2020
A friendship that lasted 32 years the memories will never be forgotten.
In common was our teaching careers and the shared understanding of the challenges and rewards of educating young children.
Special memories include a cross country trip to Branson, Missouri and the fun we had attending the shows.
Trips to San Francisco and Monterey and eating lunch and watching the seals from our restaurant table. Shopping trips to Gilroy were always money well spent!
On one trip to San Fransisco Bev brought her granddaughter with her. She had dressed Nichole so perfectly in a red dress with a petticoat and matching shoes, which of course was not condusive to playing on the beach!
We shared the loss of our respective fathers, mothers, brothers, brothers-in law, sisters-in law, nephews, cousins, and my son.
Our grief and feeling were never censored.
Bev was so proud of her children's accomplishments......
Tom's career in law enforcement and the California National Guard.
Paul's career and his special talent in photography.
Kathy's tennis ability and her hard work ethic and genuine people skills.
She was proud of her grandchildrens' college graduations and their subsequent careers and marriages and each of their accomplishments.
Bev did like to discuss many things, but of late if someone wanted
to fact check anything online, that made her furious indeed!
A friendship so special can never be quantified.
ALWAYS LISTENED WITHOUT JUDGEMENT
WITH NARY AN UNKIND WORD
KIND BEYOND MEASURE
Bev's outlook on life was she could choose to be happy or not....
She chose HAPPY
May 26, 2020
The family would like to express their appreciation for any memories shared about Bev.