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In Memory of Shelby Elizabeth Harper
Shelby Elizabeth Harper passed away at home with her husband, Gregory Harper, by her side
on October 4th, 2020.
Daughter to Sherry and Philip Smith, Shelby was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and lived around the US
before settling in Atlanta with Gregory Harper, daughter Aubrey Elizabeth Harper and son
Philip Gregory Harper. After graduating from Jefferson Davis Highschool in Montgomery,
Shelby moved on to achieve a degree in accounting from Auburn University. She spent her
early career as an auditor for Citi Group, before leaving finance to focus on her children and
volunteering in her children’s schools, church and community. Later Shelby became a tutor
for Georgia Orton-Gillingham
Tutoring for dyslexia. It was there she helped dozens of children with dyslexia in the same way
she had diligently done for her own children.
Shelby was an incredibly fun and energetic person who touched the lives of everyone around with
her boundless laughter, joy and sense of humor. Above all, Shelby was a loving and
nurturing pillar in her community. When she wasn’t changing lives at Orton-Gillingham,
Shelby was an active member at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church and Gwinnett Church
and close friend to everyone around her.
Shelby is survived by her husband Greg Harper, her children Aubrey and Philip Harper, her parents Sherry
and Philip Smith, and her sister and brother-in-law Lori and Jared Rine.
Shelby will be missed for the vibrancy she brought to all of our lives, her fun loving personality,
the quality time she spent with us and the intention she gave to building relationships, developing
friendship and loving whole heartedly.
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Last updated October 7 at 11:00 AM