Beatrice E. "Bea" Johns, 76, of Wintersville, Ohio, formerly of Mingo Junction, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday May 4, 2014, while visiting her son in Martinsburg, WV.
She was born October 8, 1937, in Steubenville, Ohio a daughter of the late Joseph and Lois (Mears) Bowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Johns; and three brothers, Tom, Robert and John Bowers.
Bea retired from J.C. Penny where she worked as a clerk and also in the catalog department. She is a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and the Catholic Womens Club of the church; A.A.R.P. and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ronald E. Johns, whom she married November 8, 1958; a son, Ronald (Penny) Johns, of Martinsburg, WV; two daughters, Cindy (Mike) Zahler of Columbus, Ohio, and Beth (Russ) Crawford of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Joseph (Fran) Bowers, of Denver, Colorado; a sister, Mary Lois Cazin, of Iowa City, Iowa; and six grandchildren, Lindsey and Jared Crawford, Andy and Kevin Zahler, and Kyle and Kayla Johns.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 101 Longview Ave., Mingo Junction. On Thursday Bea will lay in state at St. Agnes Catholic Church from 10 until the time of her Funeral Liturgy with Mass at 11 a.m., with Fr. James M. Dunfee, celebrant. Private interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Steubenville.
Memorial contributions may be directed in Bea's memory to Mingo Social Services, c/o Sophie Schoolcraft, 501 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, Ohio 43938.
There will be a Vigil service on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m.
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