Eileen Harper, 88, of Crestview Hills, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy and was employed by the Adams, Brooking, Stepner, Woltermann and Dusing law firm for many years. Eileen was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Ft. Mitchell. She and her husband, Ken, were active in the Republican Party for many years. Ken served as Kentucky’s Secretary of State and as a state representative for many years, and Eileen was there throughout long years of public service. They married in May, 1953. Eileen was past president of the Covington Ro-Anns and the Kenton County Jaycee Wives, and past chairman of the Kenton County Republican Executive Committee, past chairman of Republican Women’s Club and past chairman and co-chair of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Bishop’s Seminary Ball. She was past chairman of the Kenton County Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s’ Organization and past president of Thomas More College Women’s Guild and was a board member of Sanitation District No. 1. She received the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Public Service Award in 2016 and the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Two-Headed Calif Award-Special Recognition Award in 2018. That annual award is now named for Ken and Eileen Harper. Eileen served her community with class and calm. She was a true treasure of Northern Kentucky.
Survivors, in addition to her devoted husband of nearly 67 years, include her sons, Gregory Harper of Portland, ME, Scott (Kate) Harper of Florence, Glenn (Paula) Harper of Covington, Bryan (Janet) Harper of Burlington; daughter, Lesley (Victor) Hugo of Covington; sisters, Audrey (Donald) Schmidt of Mt. Washington, OH, and Evelyn (Richard) Lohr of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren, Andrew, John, Mitchell, Kole Fienauer, Keirstin Feinauer, Stephanie Zeidler and Nathan Zeidler; and two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Elliot Silber.
Visitation is on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2409 Dixie Hwy, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial is on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM also in Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Eileen Harper Memorial Scholarship, c/o Northern Kentucky University, Ac239, 100 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099 or to Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Dr, Park Hills, KY 41011.