Doris Ann Harper, foster mother

May 17, 2013

Doris Ann Harper, 71, of Millsboro, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013.


Mrs. Harper was born Aug. 4, 1941, in Dover, to the late Charles Edward and Ada Pearl Gibson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by siblings Bill Gibson, Leola Baynard, Alice Bemby and Harriet Fisher.


She was a homemaker. In addition to taking care of her own family, she was a foster mother for the state of Delaware and raised at least 50 kids over the years.

She was a strong willed woman who loved life, flowers, cooking and food. She enjoyed watching soap operas.


She is survived by her husband, William Frank Harper of Millsboro; two daughters, Leola Harper and her husband John Ryden of Dover, and Jocelyn Harper of Lewes; a sister, Emily Freeman of Star Hill; seven grandchildren, Paige, Jenna, Aimberlyn, Samuel, Heaven, Alexanderand Mia; and one great-granddaughter, Paris. She is also survived my many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A viewing will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, with a graveside service beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Henlopen Memorial Park, Route 1, Milton.