Ada Bernice “Bea” Stroup, 90, of Wilmington, Ohio went to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Her husband, Hugh Stroup, preceded her in death. They were married in Pampa, Texas in 1945, and celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Mother was born on January 6, 1922, on Peach Orchard Road in Highland County, Ohio, daughter of the late O.P. and Lillian Margaret West. She had two brothers, Lloyd and Lawrence, and two sisters, Louise and Helen.
She attended Belfast Schools, participating in girl’s basketball and music. Mom studied cosmetology in Dayton, becoming an owner and operator of her own salon.
In the summer of 1945, she boarded the train at Union Terminal in Cincinnati to join Hugh in Pampa, Texas. Dad was in flight school preparing to fly B-25s as the war ended. The family story says that mom’s mother Lillian was so apprehensive about sending her daughter off alone that she went to bed by doctor orders.
Bea and Hugh worked together to establish Stroup’s Pharmacy, serving the community for 16 years located at the corner of Main and Mulberry streets in downtown Wilmington. After Hugh retired, Bea worked in the kitchen of Denver Place Elementary School, where she loved seeing the children every day and working with her dear friends.
She was a faithful member of the Wilmington Church of Christ. Mother enjoyed outings with her close friends at Prairie Creek, Cape May, and the Laurels.
Our mother was a wonderful person who showed love to everyone with whom she came in contact. She was caring and beautiful inside and out. She loved life, her family, and her friends. Our mother taught us to do the same. Mom was the strongest person whom we have known and we want to thank her for being the best mother three daughters could ever ask for. You taught us so much. The best laughs were the ones shared with you; the best-ever flowers were the ones planted by you. You made coming home a joy. Rest in peace, our mother, our best friend, our beautiful angel. We know you are watching over us every day.
Bea Stroup is survived by three daughters, Linda (Rick) Stanforth, Chris (Chuck) Fazio, and Peggy (Karl) Braun. She loved her seven grandchildren, Heather (Steve) Bolyard, Kelly (Scott) Petrey, Wes Stanforth, Adam (Jen) Fazio, Maris (Rob) Croswell, Avery Braun, and Logan Braun; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Bea was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sarah Louise Fazio.
A graveside service will held at the convenience of the family in Sugar Grove Cemetery. A celebration of Bea’s life will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Cape May Community Room, 175 Cape May Drive, Wilmington, Ohio.