Evelyn's Story

ORONO - Evelyn M. "Joni" Harper, 79, passed away peacefully at home, October 13, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 16, 1936, in Orono, the daughter of Robert L. and Sylvia M. (Miles) Sinclair.

Joni graduated from Orono High School, class of 1954. She married Raymond J. Harper, the love of her life on December 19, 1959, with whom she celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage together before Ray passed away in February 2015. Joni was a devoted "stay at home" mother to her two children, before starting a long 22 year career at Asa C. Adams School in Orono as a "baker" in the lunchroom. She will be remembered for her 'famous yeast rolls' by all who attended during her years there!

Joni had a special gift for making every child feel loved, not only those who were related to her, but every child in the Webster side neighborhood! Along with being a devoted 'daughter' to her mother, with whom she visited every night for a game of Scrabble and a cup of tea, Joni also had a deep passion for listening to Elvis Presley, and watching her beloved New York Yankees.

In addition to her husband and parents, Joni was predeceased by her brother, Robert C. Sinclair and sister, Mary Lou Hutchinson. She is survived by her two loving children, daughter Kim Giles and husband Tom, and son Jim Harper and wife Missy; four special grandchildren, Michael, Connor, Corey, and Taylor; and two special nephews Bob and Scott Sinclair.

The family would like to thank New England Home Health Care, Hospice of Eastern Maine, and especially our new 'extended' family, Jean, Deb, Shirleen, Melissa, Karen, and Lil. "We couldn't have done it without you!"

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-8PM Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono. A funeral service will be held 11AM Monday, October 19, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, 36 Park St., Orono, with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at Pat's Pizza, 11 Mill St., Orono following the interment.

Those who wish to remember Joni in a special way may make gifts in her memory to The Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME, 04473. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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