Family Login:

Share This Obituary

Memories & Candles

“Grandmommy, you were a wonderful person who touched the lives of everyone who crossed your path. You will be dearly missed. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: JANELLE WILLIAMS - Lansing, MI

“My heart misses Mom and my condolences to you all in her passing. May God bless you all, children, grand children, great grand children nieces,...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Leah H. Reeder - Fort Wayne, IN

Janice Theresa Murphy Harps born July 4, 1932, in Struthers, Ohio to Edwin and Mattie Murphy.

She graduated from Central State University with Bachelor of Arts Degree in English where she met her future husband Harold L. Harps singing with the Central State University Chorus. Harold preceded her in death August 2016.

They married their senior year in college. After college Janice and Harold lived in Ohio, Germany, and Kentucky. To this union five children where born, Harold E. Harps, Rockville, Maryland, Ronald Harps (Maribel), Germantown, Maryland, Kimberly Harps, Lansing, Michigan, Charles Harps (Lisa), Valrico, Florida, and Lisa Harps Smalls (B. Kevin), West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Janice and Harold moved to Oberlin, Ohio in 1965. Janice taught at Head Start; was a secretary for Oberlin College Psychological Services; Taught and managed First Church's nursery school; and a substitute teacher for Oberlin Public Schools. She was a member of Rust United Methodist church where she sang in the choir.

After moving To Maryland, she worked at a private school in and at a nursery school where she was favored by her coworkers and her many students whose lives she touched.

Janice and Harold home was always a place of hospitality, community, love and good food.
She loved her 14 grandchildren, her step grandchildren, three great grandsons and a host of nieces and nephews who she adored.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister.

When her sister Verna died Janice embraced her sister's children, Carolyn and Duane and treated Carolyn's children and grandchildren as if they were her own.

Janice loved God, her family and her friends and loved being surrounded by all of them. It was her greatest pleasure in life.

She will be missed by all who knew her.