Beth Anne Harpster went to be with the lord on Saturday December 26th at the age of 59. She was born March 8, 1961 in Toledo, Ohio to Dr. Donald Jr.& Beverly (Woodruff) Harpster. Beth grew up in Lambertville, MI on a 10 acre horse farm where her love of horses and riding began. She enjoyed spending time in the barn with her sisters and taking care of the horses, cats and dogs. Beth was an accomplished equestrian rider exhibiting at horse shows throughout Michigan and Ohio.
Beth was a 1979 graduate of Bedford High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University.
She went on to teach in Toledo Public Schools spending 20 yrs. at Longfellow Elementary. Beth was a dedicated and caring school teacher, whom was sought out by many of her students to let her know of their accomplishments.
Beth began her love of the Theater at Bedford H.S. and continued in the Theater Arts at Eastern Michigan University. She continued with that love way into her adult life and was active in local Theater groups both on the stage and behind the scenes. Beth had an intuitive gift with both animals and people and was a member of the Red Hat Society.
Beth had a passion for gardening and taking care of her African Grey Parrot named Alpha whom she cared for over 25 years. She also loved reading, ceramics and baseball attending Tiger and Mud Hen games with her family and friends.
Her greatest love was her family; she attended many of her nephew’s sporting events and enjoyed the addition of her great niece Nora.
Beth is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sisters Holly (Robert) Leffler of Onsted, MI and Jennifer (David) Shifferd of South Lyon, MI; many nephews and one great niece.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 6th at 11 AM in Toledo Memorial Park, where entombment will take place. Due to Covid Restrictions, a limited number of guests may attend the service please email Beth’s sister Jennifer at Jenshiff@UMICH.edu, if you wish to attend. Memorial tributes may be made to Cherry St. Mission 1501 Monroe St. Toledo, OH 43604 or Toledo Humane Society 827 Illinois Ave. Maumee, OH 43537. Arrangements entrusted with the Castillo Funeral Home.
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