Nora Joann Beard went home to her Lord and Savior on October 13, 2021. She was hospitalized after a brain aneurysm and was surrounded by family when she rejoined her beloved husband.
Joann was born to Ralph and Annalee in December 1940 in Chambersburg, PA. She married the love of her life, Barry Beard, in 1958. Together, they raised three children.
Joann was instrumental in founding a church in Delaware with her husband before moving to Montana in June 1989. They ultimately settled in Glasgow where they founded Joy Fellowship Church.
Joann was passionate about music and played the piano beautifully, both at home and for the church.
She was devoted to her family, her friends and her faith with an incredible combination of strength, kindness and grace. She created precious memories, leaving behind a legacy of love.
Joann’s legacy will live on by helping burn and trauma victims, as well as women recovering from breast cancer surgeries, through her life-saving gift of skin graft donation.
Joann is predeceased by her parents, her husband Barry and infant son, Shane.
She is survived by her children, Shawn Beard (Linda) of Glasgow, MT Sherri Lynn Homme’ (George) of Selbyville, DE and Scott Beard (Stephanie) of Middletown, DE; grandchildren: Shannon Stirling of Firestone, CO, Shane Beard and Kyle Beard of Wilmington, DE; sisters: Donna Byers (Lynn) and Rita Dangler (Roy) both of Chambersburg, PA; sister-in-law Landa Konieczko (Dennis) of Erie, PA; several beloved nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
On October 15, 2021, Joann will be laid to rest in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana next to her loving and devoted husband of 59 years. Pastor Mark Pearson will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Attn: Inpatient Nursing Dept. 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow MT 59230 OR Joy Ministries, Inc. Benevolence Fund, 7020 Montana Hwy 24 South, Glasgow MT 5923, where they will be distributed to various mission outreaches.