Sally Ann Reaume was born on May 12, 1949, in Monroe, Michigan. She was one of six children born to Walter R. “Pete” Reaume Sr. and Evelyn (Bastien) Reaume. The Reaume family settled in Newport, Michigan and this is where the children were raised. She graduated from Jefferson High School with the Class of 1967.
Sally was joined in marriage with the love of her life, John Harper, at Christ Lutheran Church in Monroe on May 28, 1988. The two had a special bond. For many years they were self-employed and worked alongside each other performing maintenance and repairs at the Country Club Apartments. Sally was quite handy and specialized in interior painting. She had the necessary patience required to get every line perfectly clean and straight. When Sally had free time, she spent much of it tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.
Sally was a proud grandmother, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life. More than anything else she enjoyed spending time with them and preparing their favorite meals, including her famous homemade mashed potatoes.
Sally Ann Harper, age 74, of Monroe passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on the morning of Wednesday; May 17, 2023. Her passing was preceded by her granddaughter: Katlynn (Owens) Hill; her husband: Johnnie “Pops” Harper; her mother: Evelyn (Bastien) Reaume; her sister: Penny Reaume; her father: Walter R. “Pete” Reaume Sr.; and her brother: Russell Reaume.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her five children: Jeffrey Owens, Dawn (Curtis Sr.) Croskey, Dodie Owens, John Harper Jr., and Randell (Allie) Harper; ten grandchildren: Amanda (Matthew) Hiatt, Whitney (Darrell) Metcalf, Candace (Cameron) McCoy, Curtis Croskey Jr., McKenzie (David) Younglove, Kasey Owens, Christopher Owens, Brandon Croskey, Samantha Harper, and Randallee Harper; eighteen great grandchildren: Jackson Hiatt, Destiny McCoy, Briar Croskey, Hilary Younglove, Hunter Younglove, Caleb McMullen, Maycee Hiatt, Aubree Croskey, Carter Hill, Carson Younglove, Reala Hill, Hudson Younglove, Dalton Metcalf, Denver Hill, Eleanor Younglove, Dean Reinhardt, August Metcalf, and MaryKate Owens; two sisters: Judy Goethe and Joyce LaFountain; one brother: Walter Reaume Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may gather on Friday; May 19, 2023, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of Sally’s Life will begin at 3:00pm also at Merkle’s. Cremation will follow through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
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