Edith Evelyn Harper


Edith Evelyn Arnold Harper passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 28,
2018, at her home in Magnolia Springs, Ala., after a brief illness.
Nana, as everyone called her, was 96. A Tuesday's Child, Edith was full of grace and her life was well lived. She enjoyed laughter, cherished her memories, loved her family beyond measure, and had no regrets.
She was born Sept. 12, 1922, to Ersie (Golmon) and Charlie Lee Arnold
and had one brother, Ralph Edward Arnold. Her childhood years were spent
growing up in Brookhaven in Lincoln County, Miss. She graduated from Brookhaven High School in May 1940 and her claim to fame was a hole-in-one on the golf team. Aspiring to become a nurse, Edith entered Whitworth College in the fall of 1940. Little did she know while standing at the gates of Whitworth College, she would meet the love of her life, Preston Earl Harper, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp from Meridian, Miss. After a whirlwind courtship, Earl brought Edith to Meridian to meet his family. They were married that same weekend on the Ides of March, 1941. Their marriage lasted for more than fifty years until his death in 1992.
Mrs. Harper called Meridian home for more than 75 years. She opened the first Bible bookstore in Meridian in 1962. After many years of working and operating several bookstores, she retired from Trinity Books & Gifts, the store her daughter and she owned. While in Meridian, she was an active member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and also attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In 2015, she moved to Magnolia Springs, Ala. with her daughter and family. She quickly adopted her new home which she often described as the most peaceful place on earth. She attended St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel in Magnolia Springs.
Mrs. Harper was preceded in death by her parents, Ersie and Charlie Arnold, her brother Ralph Arnold, and a son, Earl Glen.
She is survived by her children Judith and Ronnie Miller, grandson and family of Rich and Tiffany Miller, granddaughter Elizabeth Miller Warren, great-grandchild Wyatt Preston Warren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and her cherished Maggie Mae.
Graveside services will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Miss. with the Rev. A. Austin McGehee, rector St. Paul's Episcopal Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to the Magnolia Springs Community Association, P. O. Box 6, Magnolia Springs, Ala.
Published on November 30, 2018
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