Obits: Mary Ellen Harper

Mary Ellen Harper

Mary Ellen Harper, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner.

Mary Ellen was born in Minong on Aug. 19, 1930, to James Henry and Dorris Darling (Pierce) Langdon. She went to school in Minong, then met Robert Johnson after his time in the Army. Mary Ellen and Robert Wesley Johnson were married on Jan. 20, 1948. He passed away on Sept. 15, 1979. They had four daughters, Marsha, Roberta (Bobbi), Connie and Denise. Mary Ellen married Don Harper on July 16, 1982. He passed away on March 29, 2020. Don had three boys and a girl, Donn, Wayne, Cliff and Gretchen.

Mary Ellen’s life in Minong was full with family and friends. She was a seamstress, cake decorator and CNA, and was a member of TOPS (she did diet but we think it was more for the talking and being with friends). She made wreaths, loved her garden, helped Don with his boat motors, and loved to garage sale.

She is survived by her sister, Velma Kending; brothers, Joe (Bernie) and Ronnie (Gloria) Langdon of Trego; son-in-law, John Lawson; daughters, Roberta (Bobbi) Lucas of Spooner, Connie Rennock of Trego and Denise (Wayne) Johnson of Springbrook; stepsons (sons), Wayne (Holly) of New Richmond and Cliff (Darla) of Grantsburg; and stepdaughter (daughter), Gretchen of Bonita Springs, Florida; 18 grandkids, 34 great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorris Langdon; sisters, Allene Grissom and Doris Jean Beam; her first husband, Robert Wesley Johnson; granddaughter, Trisha Lucas; great-grandson, Ross Ackerson; stepson (son), Donn Harper; second husband, Don Leon Harper; son-in-law, Daniel Lucas; and daughter, Marsha Lucas/Lawson.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at the Spooner Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.

Memorials may be directed to Connie Rennock, P.O Box 635, Spooner, WI 54801.

The Spooner Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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