Deena S. Harper September 18, 1961 – March 21, 2016

Deena S. Harper, age 54, of Princeton, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.
Deena was born on September 18, 1961 in Evansville, IN to Vance and Lawanna (Lamon) Kell. On May 23, 1980, in Oakland City, IN, she married Vaughn Harper, who survives. She has been an area resident for 36 years and enjoyed doing ceramics, gardening, and decorating her home. Deena was a 1983 graduate of Oakland City University and was a substitute teacher for several years in the surrounding area school systems, but as of late, her main focus was being a homemaker. She was a caregiver for several children and loved her animals.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Vaughn Harper of Princeton, and her father and stepmother, Vance and Nancy Kell of Avon Park, FL. Deena is also survived by son, Jonathon Harper of Petersburg, daughter, Maggie Harper of Princeton, and God-daughter, Alex Villalobos, also of Princeton, and brother Jeff Kell of Evansville. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lawanna Kell.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Doyle Funeral Home located at 520 S. Main St., Princeton, IN 47670, with Rhenda Forcum officiating. Interment will take place in Columbia White Church Cemetery of Princeton.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2:00 till 4:00 and from 6:00 till 8:00 P.M. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Gibson County Animal Services at 3840 County Road 175 N, Princeton, IN 47670. For more information contact Doyle Funeral Home at 812-385-4334. Online condolences may be made at or the funeral home facebook page


4 thoughts on “Deena S. Harper September 18, 1961 – March 21, 2016

  1. Susan Gordon

    I was so sorry to read Deena had passed. She and I worked together at Brumfield School. She was such a caring person. I know she loved her family and home. Much sympathy from me to all her family.

  2. Kelly John

    I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s death, Vaughn. God bless you and your family going through this tremendous grief.

  3. Tom Deering and family

    Words can not express how my heart felt when I heard the news of Deenas passing. My heart goes out to the family

  4. Maddy Gay Mitchem

    Dear Family, My prayers are for you. Deena’s wit and kindness was a wonder to behold. She made our world a lovely place. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. My Love, Maddy Gay Mitchem


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