MILLERSBURG — Alice Jo-an Beard, 76, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Hospice of Citrus County, in Lecanto, Fla.
She was born Aug. 20, 1937, in Brinkhaven, to Chester R. and Florence I. (Engelhardt) Cooper.
Jo-an was a 1955 graduate of Glenmont High School and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary, where she met Larry James Beard, whom she married on June 2, 1962. She was a loving, Christian wife and mother, and extended her love to family and many friends. She also served her Lord as a faithful member of Union Grove Church of Christ.
Surviving are two sons, Mark Allen (Allison) Beard of Woodbridge, Va., and Jonathan James (Kim) Beard of Lecanto, Fla.; a daughter, Joanna Sue (Todd) Frankenberry of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Sarah and Nathan Beard, and Gabriela, Noah, and Hannah Frankenberry; a brother, Robert (Shirley) Cooper of Walhonding; and a sister, Shirley L. Cooper of Millersburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Union Grove Church of Christ, in Holmes County. Ministers Jonathan Beard and Bob Hines will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling hours will be held Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made either to Union Grove Church of Christ, 2135 Township Road 2, Killbuck, OH 44637; or to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P. O. Box 641270. Beverly Hills, FL 34464.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.