Beatrice A. "Bea Sleigher" Sleigher

October 14, 1933 - February 24, 2022
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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.

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Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm

National Memorial Cemetry of Arizona

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23029 N. Cave Creek Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85024

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National Memorial Cemetry of Arizona

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23029 N. Cave Creek Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85024

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Born: October 14, 1933
Died: February 24, 2022

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Geo & Diane Belcher posted on 3/13/22

I had a long and loving relationship with my cousin, Bea, from years ago to present day. The first time I me Bea and Ray, I walked up on their porch unannounced. They welcomed me with open arms. We always stayed in touch and looked forward to our visits with her.. She was so kind and caring, preparing delicious dinners for us and sharing her love of life and friends. The special items she gave us we will always treasure but most of all our hearts will hold her forever. Bless you Bea and we will miss you ❤️ Sympathies to the family.

 

Gene Goss posted on 3/12/22

So sorry for your loss love you both Gene and Gail!!

 

Gene Goss posted on 3/12/22

So sorry for your loss love you both Gene and Gail!!

 

Gene Goss posted on 3/12/22

So sorry for your loss love you both Gene and Gail!!

 

Joyce Miller posted on 3/11/22

Our sincere sympathy for your loss. Aunt Bea was such a huge part of my childhood & an even more loving part of my adulthood. We will miss her so very much! Our love is with you always. Joyce & Larry Miller & Family

 

Joyce Miller posted on 3/11/22

Our sincere sympathy for your loss. Aunt Bea was such a huge part of my childhood & an even more loving part of my adulthood. We will miss her so very much! Our love is with you always. Joyce & Larry Miller & Family

 

Kristi & Seth Goyne posted on 3/11/22

What a great loss Bea's passing is to so many people. I met Bea when I first moved here 8 years ago. My son, who was already her neighbor and quite taken with her, would tell me all about "Miss Bea" and how much I would love her when I met her......he was so right! Bea was one of the first people I met when I came here and from Day One we hit it off. She was a great friend, a great confidant, and truly a kind, generous, loving great person! She will be so very missed by so many. God bless you "Miss Bea" and Godspeed to Ray and your family who will all be so happy to see you again dear lady.

 

Jeanne A Lemieux posted on 3/10/22

This news is so very sad to hear. I knew Bea from our senior's group and she was a real love - always so pleasant and so helpful! She is certainly a loss to the group as well as to anyone who knew her. I will miss her and I'll keep her in my prayers. Jeanne Lemieux

 

Joann Zaloudek posted on 3/10/22

I joined the Senior Group shortly before Covid hit and shut down the meetings. But in that time period, I met Bea. She was kindness itself. Always made me feel welcome, especially with her sparkly clothes and even better, her sparkly smile. Bea will be missed.

 

Susan Day posted on 3/10/22

Bea was a wonderful friend to me. I remember how she loved playing cards every week after our senior meeting. A memory I want to share about Bea. When my daughter died in 2019, Bea was one of a few people who understood what I was going through. She would call me just to check up on me but a couple of times, she would call and say come on over to my house. We would sit in her two blue recliners and just watch TV. If I needed to talk she listened and if I just needed quiet company she let me have that too or if it was a bad day for me she let me have a good cry. Thank you my friend Bea for those times I was in distress, you calmed me and brought me a moment of peace and quiet. I love you my friend and God Bless you❤️

 

Linda and Jim Alam posted on 3/10/22

BEA WAS SUCH SPECIAL PERSON. WHEN SHE JOINED OUR SR. GROUP SHE BROUGHT SUCH SOUTHERN CLASS TO OUR GROUP AND LIVES. SHE WAS A REAL TROUPER THE SUMMER SHE CAME TO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS TO VISIT US. WE HAD A FORREST 🔥 AND SHE WAS SO CALM AND ORGANIZED WITH HER THINKING ON WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. SHE WAS SUCH A BLESSED HELP WITH THE GAS LIGHT THEATER, GETTING THINGS IN ORDER FOR ALL TO ENJOY. I WOULD NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO IT WITHOUT HER DURING THE SUMMERS I WAS GONE. SHARING OUR OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS WILL ALWAYS BE A MEMORY.

 

Darlene Koerner posted on 3/10/22

I enjoyed playing Pinochle with skillful Bea. She held her cards with polished nails and beautiful jewelry. Always ladylike, she had great patience with us whose minds didn't work as well as hers. I loved to hear her tell of her early years in Kentucky growing up in a large family. She did so well with her dash between 1933-2022. I'll miss this kind and gentle member of our senior club.

 

Cheryl walker posted on 3/10/22

Bea was a great friend. We belong to two card clubs that met twice a month. She will missed so much.

 

Dana Duva posted on 3/9/22

Bea was so loved by all, she was the Best of the Best, Bea was always helping friends. I will miss you my friend Love Dana

 

Richard Blehm posted on 3/7/22

My sincere condolences. Bea came into my life after the loss of my wife Gloria and became one of the best friends I ever had. We belonged to the same Senior Club and she was loved by many many of the seniors. She will truly be missed and remembered for her kind and caring heart. She is now at peace and with her loving husband Ray and all her brothers and sisters. Farewell my friend

 

Faye justice posted on 3/5/22

I will miss this sweet lady everyday. She is like a sister to me and we made a lot of good and happy memories that I will have for the rest of my life. Rest In Peace You fought a long battle and now you will be with your family in heaven. Love you and will someday see you again.

 

Claudia Shaw posted on 3/5/22

Sending our sincerest condolences & love to Mike, Suzie, Steph, Jena and families. All our love from Cali. Claudia, Percy, Phoenix & Presley.

 

Carl Noeding posted on 3/4/22

Bae Sleigher was one of the kindest people I knew while growing up in North Phoenix. She always treated me like a second son. In my mind, I can still see her saying, "well all right, you boys be careful" when Mike and I took off on the BMX bikes/Dirt bikes or in Mikes van. She was kindhearted, considerate with a charming southern courteous demeanor. I should say quite tolerant as well (of all the crazy stuff we would do). She will be missed.

 

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