Diann Harper

Obituary of Diann Marie Harper

Diann Marie Harper, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at Melech Hospice House surrounded by her loving family on April 27th, 2024, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.

Diann was born on February 2, 1944, In Mattoon Illinois, the daughter of John W. and Ann Marie Elliott Callahan. She graduated from Mattoon High School in 1962.

Diann married her high school sweetheart, Jack Harper in l965 and together they raised two children and enjoyed a life full of adventure and love. They first settled in Rockford Illinois, moving to Tampa FL, Atlanta Ga, Austin Texas, Houston Texas and then retiring in Tampa. She worked in the medical field as a Doctor’s assistant and in medical billing. Diann had an entrepreneurial spirit and she successfully started and managed a custom window covering business. Most recently she enjoyed working as a professional organizer for families relocating to the Tampa area.

Diann was a great communicator and had a natural affinity for connecting with others. She was warm, outgoing and an excellent listener. Diann loved cooking, hosting dinners often for family and friends with ease and grace. She was caring, supportive and encouraging and was most happy when she was helping others and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband, Jack, her children Jill Presley of Tampa, Fl. and David Harper (Erin) of Cumming, GA; her grandchildren whom she adored, Conner and Kirsten Presley and Eden Harper; Her brother John Callahan, (Lynn) of South Haven Michigan, sisters Elaine Hofmeister (Ed - deceased) of Hinsdale, IL, Jean Callahan and Jane Callahan Morlin (Steve) of San Diego, CA, and her sister in law, Susan Holder of Monroe, GA.

A celebration of Diann’s life and memorial service will be held on May 17 at 2:30 pm, at Loyless Funeral Home, 5310 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL. The family will receive friends from 2:30 pm until the time of the service at 3:00 pm.

Diann’s warmth, love, and her constant willingness to help others touched the lives of many. She will be deeply missed by her family, many friends, and all that knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center And Research Institute Foundation Inc.

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