Mary Cozetta Harper
Mary Cozetta Harper, 85, formerly of Emmaus, died Aug. 29, 2019, in Moravian Village, Bethlehem. She was the beloved wife of James Harper with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage. Born in Harvey, Ill., she was the daughter of the late George and Cozetta (Zoller) Patterson.
A 1952 graduate of Thorton Township High School, Harvey, Ill.; she received a bachelor of music education degree from Northwestern University in 1956 and a master’s in special education in 1977 from Lehigh University. She was certified by the Department of Education in the state of Pennsylvania to teach music kindergarten through grade 12. She taught piano lessons privately for 17 years, retiring in 1979.
She volunteered for many years in the East Penn School District working in the special education department on a one-to-one basis with students in grades one to four and served on the parents committee for the Title I Program.
Active with the YWCA, she had served on the board of directors and was a former member and served as chairman of the preschool committee. She aided in the formation of parent workshops for preschool children and co-designed the learning disabilities preschool program.
She taught music at the Volunteers of America Day Care Center and was a former secretary and board member of the Association of Children with Learning Disabilities.
She served on the junior section of the board of directors of the Woman’s Club of Allentown; was a volunteer for the United Way of Lehigh County and a member of the Garden Club of Emmaus and P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota; Kappa Alpha Theta and its Lehigh Valley Alumnae Association serving as past president and treasurer.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown where she served on the board of deacons; choir, fellowship committee, social services committee, the memorial garden committee and music coordinator for several years. She taught church school and conducted workshops for the church and Lehigh Presbytery regarding teaching of music in the church school curriculum.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Robert J. and his wife, Sherry, of Manchester, N.H., John H. and his wife, Gabriella, of Elizabeth, N.J.; granddaughter, Staff Sgt. Megan N. and her husband, Technical Sgt. Anthony R. Powell, of Naperville, Ill.; twin grandsons, Dylan and Jacob, of Manchester, N.H.; great-grandsons, Bryson A. Powell and Landyn J. Powell; cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the P.E.O. Scholar Award, c/o P.E.O. Executive Office, Treasurers Dept., 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 or The First Presbyterian Church, 18104.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown. Call 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in the church. Arrangements were made by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home. Allentown.