Beatrice A. Sleigher (Bea), passed away in her home with her “kids” by her side in Tucson, AZ on February 24, 2022. She was born October 14th, 1933, in Belcher, KY to Denny and Jettie Justice.
After graduating High School in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, she moved to Cleveland Ohio where she started her career with General Electric/Honeywell. It was there that she met her husband and lifelong mate Ray Sleigher. They had one son, Michael, then shortly after he was born, they moved to Phoenix AZ. While in Phoenix, Bea worked hard and was good at saving enough money for family vacations and trips “back home” every summer. In between she enjoyed monthly camp outs with the Foresters Camping Club. She was a people person and loved to be around lots of friends and always stayed in touch with family.
After retiring from Honeywell’s Human Resources department, she became a caregiver to many people but spent the hot summers of Phoenix up in cool Pines of Flagstaff at Woody Mountain Campground, where she had another bunch of friends. Later in life she moved to Tucson AZ to be closer to her son and daughter Suzie (son’s wife). It didn’t take her long to join a Seniors group and once again have a whole bunch of new friends. She hosted a weekly card game at her home, helped organize outings to the theater, met others for lunch, her calendar was full, but she was always there to help a friend or family member in need. Bea or Aunt Bea to many, was a giver and an Angel on earth!
She is preceded in death by her husband Raymond Sleigher, parents, Daddy Den and Mother Jettie, dear brothers Charles, Russell, Rodger and Billy Justice, sisters Vivian Sloan and Mary Lou Webb.
Bea is survived by her son Michael and daughter Suzie (son’ wife), granddaughter Stephanie Fockler, great granddaughter Jena Coles, and a whole bunch of family that calls her Aunt Bea.
Services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024 March 16th, 2022, at 2:30 PM.