Annie Wynell Coker Harper, 92, passed away in Dallas, Texas on November 7, 2017.
Annie Wynell Coker Harper was born on August 22, 1925, to Leonard Everett Coker and Mattie Lou Taylor Coker. Wynell graduated from Palmer High School. She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Dallas until she married T.M. Harper on July 2, 1948. They lived their 58 years of married life in T.M.’s home where he was born and raised.
Wynell was a talented seamstress, making most of her children’s clothes while they were growing up. Quilting was her treasured hobby winning several awards at the State Fair of Texas.
Wynell was very active her entire life in the First United Methodist Church of Palmer. She was an active sponsor of the Methodist Youth Fellowship while her children were growing up. T.M. and Wynell were a part of the group that established the annual Lord’s Acre Hour Sale which paid for the existing church and continues to fund the church in many ways. Her snack is still the big seller at the sale. The quilting group which made a quilt for the auction each year met in T.M. Harper Hardware Store for many years quilting. Wynell was the historian for the church and kept records for membership for several decades.
Wynell was one of the founders of the Preservation Society which collected and published the History of Palmer. The money made from this publication funded annual scholarships and city projects.
Wynell is survived by her four children: Gayle Fuller and husband, John, Timmy Harper and wife, Debbie, Carl Harper and wife, Tammy, Irma Harper-Hancock, and husband, David; eleven grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.M. Harper, Jr., brothers: Leroy, W.C., Aubrey Coker; sisters: Rachel Fletcher, Dorothy Ackerman, and Lynn Eva Allen. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Palmer.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Palmer with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Pallbearers will be Lindsey Bachman, Kristen O’Brien, Kendal Newton, Heather Neighbors, Cassie Fuller and Callie Carden. Interment will follow in Smith Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.