Tobias Funeral Home - Belmont Chapel

648 Watervliet Ave, Dayton, OH


Mary E. Harper

June 27, 1931November 21, 2019

Mary E. Harper, age 88 of Dayton, passed away November 21, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce and husband Mark Howley, and four sons: Harold Futrell, Earl Futrell, Bobby Spradlin and Gary Spradlin. She is also survived by a sister, Barbra Overbay and husband Fred, a brother Clyde Tidwell, nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 50 years, Edwin Harper in 2018, and by three sons: Joe Futrell, Larry Spradlin and Dallas Harper. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton in Mary’s memory. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Be at peace, Mom. Please visit www.tobiasfuneralhome.com to share condolences and memories with the family.


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Greg Jankowski

November 25, 2019

Rest In Peace my Dear Mary.
You and your family have always had open arms to me as I came first adventuring to meet our new neighbor’s the Harpers and my young business adventures offering grass cutting services to eventual the role as Dayton Daily News carrier.
Besides hustling my way into the grass cutting job (where there was more than enough muscle power resided with her boys) Pete her late adoring husband patriarch of the household took a special liking to this chubby smiling face boy with a second job dropping off the daily news, asking what’s up? and becoming close friends with my favorite son Bobby.
Mary soon came to discover I was either knocking on the door for either Pete for the paper bill or Bobby to just hang out.
She was always pleasant and bringing her constant charming warm greetings which welcomed me into their home.
I found the Harper family sort of a home away from home which over the years grew into a lifetime connection and love of them all.
Dear Mary I am blessed to have made it back to spend time with you, share memories and hug or two.
Rest In Peace my Dear Mary May the Lord Welcome you with open arms and give comfort to your soul.
Thank you for being you.
Much Love and Respect,
Greg Alan Jankowski
and the entire Jankowski Family