Joy Evelyn Tanner Bearman

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2006

Former Juneau resident Joy Evelyn Tanner Bearman, 63, died July 25, 2006, in Gearhart, Ore., following a long illness.

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She was born on May 30, 1943, at home in Anchorage, to Evelyn Joy Pitman and John Sherman Tanner, and grew up in Juneau. Her mother died in 1947 and her father remarried Hazel Luella Reisewitz in 1948.

She was active with Juneau-Douglas High School cheerleading and voted Miss Congeniality in the Miss Juneau Pageant. After graduating from JDHS in 1961, she attended beauty school at Idaho State College. She married Tom Bearman on Nov. 27, 1964, and made her home in Auburn, Wash. Their family was sealed in the Mormon temple on Aug. 1, 1979, in Logan, Utah.

Despite her failing health, she continued activity in church and work till the day of her death.

Family members said, "Her upbeat attitude and zest for life carried her so far, she outlived her doctors' expectations and appeared well even as her health faded." She was "a truly extraordinary human being," they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Hazel Tanner; sisters, Mary Tanner, Janet League and Erna LaRae Tanner; brother, John Tanner; and granddaughter, Faith Bearman.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Bearman, of Auburn; children, Joanne Jeffs and her husband, Bill, of Orem, Utah, Debbie Greco and her husband, Mike, of Mesa, Ariz., Rebecca Payne and her husband, Kurt, of Pocatello, Idaho, Charles Bearman and his wife, Melody, of Mesa, and Michael Bearman and his wife, Dana, of Silver Springs, Md.; sisters, Judy Gibson and her husband, Howard, of Douglas, Nina Tanner of Logan, Dawn Pendlebury and her husband, Keith, of Salmon Arm, B.C., Lizette Hoffenreich and her husband, Tim, of Kooskia, Idaho, Rayda Renshaw, of Douglas, and Marion Tanner, of Juneau; 21 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Wilma Wheadon Bearman Jones, of South Bend, Wash.; sister-in-law, Nancy Curtis, of South Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on July 31 in Auburn. There will be a memorial service in Juneau at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5-mile Glacier Highway. Friends and family are invited to come and help pay tribute to her life.

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