Joanne Beasley Bear “Momma Bear” of Austin, Arkansas went to be with her Lord May 13, 2020 at 90 years and 8 months of age. She was born on September 19, 1929 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Varon and Roselle Beasley. Joanne was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sherwood, Arkansas and was a faithful member until her health began to fail. She loved traveling with her husband Jim in their motor home until Jim’s passing.
Joanne is preceded in death by her mother and father; infant son, Billy Floyd; son James Wyatt; husbands Bill Wyatt in 1958 and Jim Bear 2003. She leaves behind her son Steve Bear (who was her care giver) of Austin, Arkansas, her daughter Linda Smith (Don) of Pottsville, Arkansas; a cousin Nelson Jackson of Houston, Texas; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of many friends and other family.
You never heard her say a harsh word about anyone and she never met a stranger.
In her last few years she had 2 furry friends; Piper & Jackson who were with her constantly and would let Steve know if anything was wrong.
In light of the current health concerns, Joanne’s family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers if you are not able to attend her memorial service. Please be aware, as per Arkansas directives, there will be a limit of 50 guests, all guests over age 10 must wear a face covering to attend and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00am.
Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400