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OBITUARY

Alma "June" Harper

May 29, 1920March 12, 2020
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Alma June Crain Harper, 99 passed away peacefully in the Crain family home surrounded by her loved ones at 1:55 AM on March 12, 2020.

She was the youngest child of Duncan Russell Crain and Eugenia Sweeney Crain, born in Grand Chenier, Louisiana on 29 May 1920, adding another chapter to the Cameron pioneer families of (Martin Crain-Mary Ann Smith and George Carter Columbus Sweeney-Aurelia Miller). Martin Crain homesteaded Little Pecan Island in Civil War times and Mary Ann’s brother P.E. Smith came to Cameron Parish as a government surveyor. Aurelia’s dad was Pierre Valcour Miller.

Duncan Russell’s first wife Adelaide Theriot died in childbirth having her daughter Mary. After a few years he married Eugenia, who patiently became a caring mother to twelve. As the younger sister of John Paul and Ned Watkins, June was the special pet of all her brothers and sisters, and her mom called her Junie. She was raised on Little Pecan Island and attended a one-room school there, taught by her future sister-in-law Ella Mae Jones (A. H. “Sono” Crain). Her fondest memories include wandering in the large orange orchard and filling her pockets with sweet satsumas. In her teens her family moved to Grand Chenier and she graduated from Grand Chenier High School.

When the war came to Cameron Parish, a Coast Guard unit was stationed in Oak Grove to protect the Gulf Coast from German submarines and rescue downed pilots. Attached to that unit was a young man from Rome, Georgia named Alonzo Harper who soon won her heart. They married and made their home on Miller Avenue. After the devastation of Hurricane Audrey, she began taking care of her “kinfolks” and neighbors at the newly constructed South Cameron Memorial Hospital as an Emergency Medical Technician and Nurse’s aide. With a caring heart, she was always there with a helping hand or to offer a few words in French to comfort patients. Many families fondly remember Ms. June, who retired from the hospital shortly after her husband’s death.

She was an active member of Grand Chenier Methodist Church and especially active in the Vacation Bible School and celebration of Easter egg hunts.

June was the past Worthy Matron and a charter member of the Thelma Hackett Eastern Star Chapter and enjoyed the companionship of her fellow sisters as long as she was physically able. There will be an Eastern Star memorial service following her religious services in the Grand Chenier Methodist Church. Her loving home was always open to friends and family, and her table always welcomed anyone to her wonderful cooking and baking. She even shared some special secrets with some McNeese Leisure Learning classes and Fur Festival cookbooks. Next to her home she tended a large garden with many vegetables that she was careful to preserve by canning and freezing. There were also many fruit trees of which she took very good care. She had a special gift for growing flowers which she willingly shared.

All of her nieces and nephews enjoyed visiting Aunt June and helping her hunt for turtles, or other special adventures in her kitchen or outdoors. However, they soon learned she could question them as well as any prosecutor. To their surprise (and sometimes chagrin), she also knew exactly how they were related to everyone else in the community.

Grandma June loved reading, as well as watching her grandchildren’s ball games, reading them many stories and taking them on arrowhead and petrified wood hunts at the Toledo Bend camp. As they grew old enough to go fishing, she helped them clean and cook their catch.

June was preceded in death by her parents (Duncan Russell and Eugenia Sweeney Crain), her husband, Alonzo P. Harper and all of her brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Lonnie Glenn (Carolyn Jacob) and John Michael (Ellen Broussard), as well as 4 grandchildren Daniel Ned (Michelle), Leonard Paul (Shannon), Aaron Pierce (Kelli), and Jennifer Eugenia (Scott Smolcich), 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces as well as, great-nephews and great-nieces.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the caring support of Hearts of Hospice as well as the many sitters who have helped care for her over the past few years. A special thank you to her recent sitters for their loving care: Orelia Abshire, Chasity Boudreaux, Trudy Broussard, Missy Dupont, Haleigh Logue, Tressa Logue and Nancy Trahan.

The family will welcome friends at Grand Chenier United Methodist Church at 2873 Grand Chenier Hwy Grand Chenier, LA 70643 on Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 8:00am with memorial service following at 10:00am. Interment will immediately follow in McCall Cemetery in Grand Chenier.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com for the Harper family.

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  • Left to cherish her memory are her sons Lonnie Glenn (Carolyn Jacob) and John Michael (Ellen Broussard), as well as 4 grandchildren Daniel Ned (Michelle), Leonard Paul (Shannon), Aaron Pierce (Kelli), and Jennifer Eugenia (Scott Smolcich), 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces as well as, great-nephews and great-nieces.


    June was preceded in death by her parents (Duncan Russell and Eugenia Sweeney Crain), her husband, Alonzo P. Harper and all of her brothers and sisters.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020

Memories

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Mary Conner

March 13, 2020

I worked with Ms June at South Cameron Hospital back in the late 70's & early 80's. She was Ward Clerk & I was an EMT & worked the floor. She was ALL work.......till all of your work was done. She'd get pretty upset when we clocked in late & believe me checked that time card. Good times, good memories with Ms June. Cameron Parish has truly lost a Steel Magnolia. Rest easy & fly high Ms. June. Till we meet again.

Patricia Zamora

March 13, 2020

My condolences to the Crain/ Harper family.

My first memory of Ms. June was when she and I worked at the hospital. She was working in nursing and I was working in the kitchen. Needless to say we had her very spoiled. She would come in the kitchen every morning, that she worked, looking for her bacon sandwich. I also was a caregiver to her a few years back and absolutely enjoyed her and her since of humor.

To her family, Thank You for trusting in me to take care of her. She will always be in my heart.

RIP Ms. June

Missy Dupont

March 13, 2020

I 've been taking care of Miss June 4 days a week for 6 years. and I am so lost without her. I loved her like a grandma. I will miss her so much. My fondest memories we when we sang YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, and AMAZING GRACE and other songs when were riding.and when I would greet her in the morning s with Good Morning Sunshine!! She would say. I want a kiss and Smiling and saying I love you! That would make my day! Rest in peace my Angel. I Love you ALMA JUNE CRAIN HARPER

Trudy Broussard

March 13, 2020

I was one of her caregivers for almost 4years in June. I have so many good memories of Ms June. One f my memories was I would sit on the side of her in her chair before I would leave to go home. I would tell her Ms June I’m fixing to leave to go home, she would look at me and say why don ‘t you stay with me. I would say Ms June I have a husband to go take care of . She would say Who’s your husband, I would say Robert Broussard . She would look at me and make face. She say when you coming back, I would say Wednesday. Then she would be OK. It made me feel good that she wanted me to stay with her. I asked her one day, Ms June would it be Ok to call you Grandma. She said yes you can. I got really close to her and I will miss Ms Alma June Crain Harper. I was glad that Ya’ll trusted me to care for your Mother. I will miss and love you dearly Ms June.

Virginia Benoit

March 13, 2020

So very sorry for your loss I used to work with Miss June at the hospital in Creole she always work the night shift with me she always had some funny story to tell us she told me one Daddy (Big) Nunez and Butch one night on her way to work they saw her leaving and followed her when she got to the old doctor Dick's office she turned in thinking the car would pass but it turned into and blocked her in so she got out of her car and pulled her pistol on them well to make a long story short in the end she was the one that was laughing they never pulled nothing like that on her again rest in peace Miss June your stories will be missed and so will you love you

Michael McCall

March 12, 2020

Michael, Lonnie, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Growing up with you guys across the street, she was a part of our everyday life as were your entire family! Miss June was a legend! I loved her as did all of my family. I can still hear her...”I Swanee, never heard of such!”

We will pray for her soul and for your families.

Mike McCall

Pat Nugent

March 12, 2020

I will always remember Ms. June as a welcoming loving person.
She treated all like family.
God bless you. Enjoy your well earned place in heaven.

Ellen Broussard Harper

March 12, 2020

I will always remember grandma June with love and appreciation for her kindness, generosity and empathy. Your daughter-in-law Ellen Harper.

John Michael Harper

March 12, 2020

Mom you and I did not always agree about everything but you were always there for me. Your loving son Michael.

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Biography

Alma June Crain Harper, 99 passed away peacefully in the Crain family home surrounded by her loved ones at 1:55 AM on 12 March 2020.

She was the youngest child of Duncan Russell Crain and Eugenia Sweeney Crain, born in Grand Chenier, Louisiana on 29 May 1920, adding another chapter to the Cameron pioneer families of (Martin Crain-Mary Ann Smith and George Carter Columbus Sweeney-Aurelia Miller). Martin Crain homesteaded Little Pecan Island in Civil War times and Mary Ann’s brother P.E. Smith came to Cameron Parish as a government surveyor. Aurelia’s dad was Pierre Valcour Miller.

Duncan Russell’s first wife Adelaide Theriot died in childbirth having her daughter Mary. After a few years he married Eugenia, who patiently became a caring mother to twelve. As the younger sister of John Paul and Ned Watkins, June was the special pet of all her brothers and sisters, and her mom called her Junie. She was raised on Little Pecan Island and attended a one-room school there, taught by her future sister-in-law Ella Mae Jones (A. H. “Sono” Crain). Her fondest memories include wandering in the large orange orchard and filling her pockets with sweet satsumas. In her teens her family moved to Grand Chenier and she graduated from Grand Chenier High School.

When the war came to Cameron Parish, a Coast Guard unit was stationed in Oak Grove to protect the Gulf Coast from German submarines and rescue downed pilots. Attached to that unit was a young man from Rome, Georgia named Alonzo Harper who soon won her heart. They married and made their home on Miller Avenue. After the devastation of Hurricane Audrey, she began taking care of her “kinfolks” and neighbors at the newly constructed South Cameron Memorial Hospital as an Emergency Medical Technician and Nurse’s aide. With a caring heart, she was always there with a helping hand or to offer a few words in French to comfort patients. Many families fondly remember Ms. June, who retired from the hospital shortly after her husband’s death.

She was an active member of Grand Chenier Methodist Church and especially active in the Vacation Bible School and celebration of Easter egg hunts.

June was the past Worthy Matron and a charter member of the Thelma Hackett Eastern Star Chapter and enjoyed the companionship of her fellow sisters as long as she was physically able. There will be an Eastern Star memorial service following her religious services in the Grand Chenier Methodist Church.
Her loving home was always open to friends and family, and her table always welcomed anyone to her wonderful cooking and baking. She even shared some special secrets with some McNeese Leisure Learning classes and Fur Festival cookbooks. Next to her home she tended a large garden with many vegetables that she was careful to preserve by canning and freezing. There were also many fruit trees of which she took very good care. She had a special gift for growing flowers which she willingly shared.

All of her nieces and nephews enjoyed visiting Aunt June and helping her hunt for turtles, or other special adventures in her kitchen or outdoors. However, they soon learned she could question them as well as any prosecutor. To their surprise (and sometimes chagrin), she also knew exactly how they were related to everyone else in the community.

Grandma June loved reading, as well as watching her grandchildren’s ball games, reading them many stories and taking them on arrowhead and petrified wood hunts at the Toledo Bend camp. As they grew old enough to go fishing, she helped them clean and cook their catch.

June was preceded in death by her parents (Duncan Russell and Eugenia Sweeney Crain), her husband, Alonzo P. Harper and all of her brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Lonnie Glenn (Carolyn Jacob) and John Michael (Ellen Broussard), as well as 4 grandchildren Daniel Ned (Michelle), Leonard Paul (Shannon), Aaron Pierce (Kelli), and Jennifer Eugenia (Scott Smolcich), 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces as well as, great-nephews and great-nieces.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the caring support of Hearts of Hospice as well as the many sitters who have helped care for her over the past few years. A special thank you to her recent sitters for their loving care: Orelia Abshire, Chasity Boudreaux, Trudy Broussard, Missy Dupont, Haleigh Logue, Tressa Logue and Nancy Trahan.

The family will welcome friends at Grand Chenier United Methodist Church at 2873 Grand Chenier Hwy Grand Chenier, LA 70643 on Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 8:00am with memorial service following at 10:00am. Interment will immediately follow in McCall Cemetery in Grand Chenier.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com for the Harper family.