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Joan M. Harper,63, of Bandera, Texas passed away on March 3, 2020 at Bandera Nursing and Rehab Center under the care of All County Hospice after a short illness.

She was married to Gary Harper on Oct. 7, 2005 in Bandera.

After high school and college in New York State, Joan spent many years working for the Marriott Corp. in the marketing sector for food service.

Upon retirement because of a disability, Joan tended to her dear mother Helen, who suffered from Alzheimer’s for seven years until her passing.

After moving to Bandera in 2004, Joan was active in volunteering with Bingo, first at the American Legion Post 157 in Bandera and then at the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department. While at the American Legion, Joan helped in the launching of the C.E.R.T. program for Bandera County.

Joan was preceeded in death by her father Francis M. Murray, her mother Helen Murray (nee: Hoey), and her brother Bernard (Brian) Murray.

Joan is survived by her husband Gary Harper, stepchildren Jonathan Harper and Jessica Harper, her sister Jean Kennedy and granddaughters Jasmine Bielec and Naomi Rogers.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., March 14, 2020 at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera. Pastor Robert Devorz of the Shepherds Gate Co mmunity Church will officiate.

After the service, family and friends are welcome to join Gary at the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department Bingo hall from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. for memory sharing and refreshments.

Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Joan’s memory.

The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.