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6/18/2012 8:12:00 PM
Obituary: Sandra Jane Peek Harper

Oct. 30, 1937 - June 15, 2012

Sandra Harper was born Oct. 30, 1937, in Shawmut, Ala. One of her greatest passions was teaching children as evidenced by her 35 years of teaching in Alabama and Prescott, Ariz., where she taught English at both the junior and senior high schools. Sandra was installed into the Circle of Excellence at Prescott High School in 1997, after retiring.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and English Education and a Masters in English Education at Auburn University where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

The most important things in her life were her family and her friends. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Sloan Jackson Harper; her three children, Paige Sandra, Brent Alan and Derek Jonathan; her grandchildren, Lesley Ellen, Thomas Ryan and Charlie Kate; her brother, Franklin William Peek; and various nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ruby Lanier Peek and her father Franklin William Peek.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala., with a private graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in Auburn, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Jude's Hospital or National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood, Ala. is assisting the family.

"May the wings of angels carry her gentle soul into that soft night."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Article comment by: Ralph Rodarte Jr.

While in junior high, I had the pleasure of being in Mrs. Harperís typing class in the mid 70ís. At that time I had no idea typing would be a skill I would need in my adult life. Many years after high school I ran into Mrs. Harper and took the opportunity to thank her and tell her how grateful I was for the skills I learned in her class. My condolences go out to the Harper family for their great loss. Your mother wasnít just someone I knew Mrs. Harper had a big impact on my life, and for that I will always be grateful.

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: Richard DeMark

From 1988-1992 I served on the PUSD Board and was aware of Mrs. Harper's exceptional qualities as a teacher. Also, two of our sons were privleged to have her as their English teacher. Over those years I had many opportunities to discuss English and her gifted ability to teach the students in its proper use and the appreciation of it. She will be remembered by me as a classic teacher who was strict, fair and in every sense a "class act".
God Bless Sandra and Sloan
Dick DeMark

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Anonymous

I also remember Mrs Harper very well as I had her as my Honors English Teacher at Prescott Junior High School in the early 1980s. I still very much use the vocabulary I learned in her class and I remember her wonderful Southern accent.

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: bill wallace

I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Harper at PRESCOTT JR. HIGH SCHOOL IN 1976-77.
I was also gifted with assisting a dinner party at their home.
I became a friend to the family.
Mrs. Harper was the Best.
My Heart goes out to Jack,Paige,Brent, and Derek, and the Grand-kids.
sincerely, tuna

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: Poppy Keegan

Mrs. Harper was a wonderful teacher. I can't think of "To Kill A Mockingbird" without thinking of her and remembering the way she read it to us with her lovely Alabama accent.

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: Deb Shepard

Sandra will be remembered fondly by so many of us who enjoyed having her as a teacher. Condolences to her family and loved ones.

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Article comment by: Tanya Esser

I had Mrs. Harper for freshmen English. I remember her very well, and still quote her famous quote to the girls who were apt to wearing their skirts a little too short....She would say, "Long enough to cover the subject short enough to be interesting..." like a well-written paper. Her words resound in my mind 24 years later. What a nice woman and great teacher.
My condolences to her family.

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