Rebecca Theresa Harper was born January 24, 1951 in Atchison, KS to Victor Edmond and Pauline Mary (Maday) Kesse and after a long and faith-filled fight with cancer, died March 14, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.

Becky graduated from Hayden High School in 1969 and Washburn University in 1973 In Topeka, Kan., and received a Master’s Degree from UMKC in 1988. She taught first grade at Carbondale Grade School in Carbondale, Kan. for ten years, and also taught first grade at Junction Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan. for 12 years until she was diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) in 1996.

She married Don Harper on July 24th, 1982 in Topeka, Kan.

Becky enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities and was a member of Lenexa Baptist Church. She especially appreciated her time with Stephen Ministry and prayer ministries. She is survived by her husband, Don Harper; her mother, Pauline Kesse; one son, Paul (Denise) Johnson; three grandchildren; Theressa, Maxwell and Veronica; one great grandson, Ryker, and her brother Vic (Deb) Kesse.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to Lenexa Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or the Life Raft Group (the support group which is providing information and raising money to find a cure for Becky’s cancer (GIST), 155 US Highway 46, Suite 202, Wayne, NJ 07470. A Celebration of Life service was held on March 26, 2016 at Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kan.