Rayma G. Harper


Rayma G. Harper of rural Dinosaur died May 31, 2003, at the Rangely District Hospital. She was 86.

A native of Oklahoma, Harper was born Aug. 25, 1916, to Floyd Phillip and Georgia Ellen (Johnson) Harper. The family moved to Moffat County when Harper was a young child. She graduated from Moffat County High School.

On Aug. 27, 1933, she married William Bradley "Jay" Harper, often laughing that she loved the way her name looked before she was married and didn't see any reason to change it.

During WWII, she operated a cafe in Craig, and throughout her life also owned the Highway Bar in Hayden, a gas station on Skull Creek and helped to operate a dairy farm in Loma.

Harper was an avid Denver Bronco fan and enjoyed reading, crocheting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family. She was an avid outdoorsperson and an excellent marksman, having taken a trophy deer near Hayden.

Harper is survived by her daughters Marchetta (Bill) Dwire, of Santa Fe, N.M. and Lucille (Joe) Swain, of Blue Mountain; six grandchildren Richard, of Evanston, Wyo., Sherri, of Grand Junction, Tom, of Lakewood, Phyllis, of Denver, Brad, of Grand Junction, and Marla, of Santa Fe; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sisters Lorene Lee, of Hayden and Dolores Allen, of Sadan, Kan.; and brothers, Donald Harper, of Salem, Ore., Richard "Dago" Harper, of Hayden, and Joe Harper, of Westminster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay; one son, Phillip Bradley; one daughter, Shirley Harper; six brothers; one sister and her parents.

Funeral services were June 3, 2003, at the Rangely Mortuary with Ran Cochran officiating. Interment was in the Grand Junction Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Rangely Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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