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Jeanne E. Raper


Jeanne E. Raper, age 89, passed away July 4 2018 in Louisville, KY.

Jeanne is survived by her only living sibling of 13, Bill Johnson (Elaine) of Spring Hill, FL, children Bill Raper (Betsy) of West Palm Beach, James of Zephyrhills, Annette Paugh (Regan) of Louisville, Ky., and Lynette LaFleur (Gregg) of Zephyrhills, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and another on the way. Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Paul, youngest child Dale, oldest child Paulette 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

Upon completing 8th grade, Jeanne began working to help with the household of 12 siblings. She babysat and performed odd jobs for neighbors, worked at NuGlo Dry Cleaners, Zion Bakery and Brownies Deli where she met her husband to be, Paul. He loved food and she loved making it. At age 16, Jeanne & Paul tried to elope taking a train to Louisville, KY yet were unsuccessful.

Jeanne was a most exceptional homemaker. She kept a tidy home, cooked and baked amazing meals always seeing that dinner was on the table when Paul walked through the door after work. She spent days raising kids, taking on odd jobs such as cleaning and ironing for neighbors and family, canning vegetables, crafting and doing home improvements both inside and outside, sewing clothes, knitting and crocheting for her children and others. At times she worked outside the home doing similar deeds and also worked at Rooks Diner. Most weekends were spent with a houseful of extended family for picnics, card playing and fun.

As a member of Christian Catholic Church, Jeanne volunteered with VBS, as cook and work details at Camp Zion and with the Zion Passion Play as seamstress as well as performer.

When the family relocated to Florida in 1969, Jeanne began working full-time outside the home as manager then regional supervisor for Biff-Burger/Resorts Int'l. Also, a member of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, Jeanne continued volunteer work with various women's projects and in the church kitchen. As a Charter Member of American Legion Post #334 Jeanne held the Women's Auxiliary offices as Adjutant, Secretary and President while pouring hours in to their flea market/snack bar success which continues today. She volunteered with the FL. State Fair, Hillsborough Co. Ag-Venture, American Red Cross, Hillsborough County Dept. of Social Svcs. and State Board of Elections Voting Polls.

Jeanne loved to play bingo and often worked at the snack bar at N-41. She liked being outside in the sun, in the pool with grand or great grandchildren and having family gatherings. Jeanne made quilts and crocheted hats for NICU babies at Tampa General. Following the death of her husband and her move to Louisville she continued the same, mailing hundreds of hats and small quilts back to Tampa General.

As her health failed, Jeanne moved in to Regency Center where she continued knitting and crocheting hats for most all the other residents, some of their children and some of the nurses and aids. She made fast friends she played bingo and other activities with.

Services will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl. followed by a celebration of life at nearby Windsong Ranch, Webster, FL. Date TBD.

In lieu of flowers, Jeanne wished donations may be made to

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 334, P.O. Box 17427, Tampa, FL 33682-7427


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