Bea Pearl White, 86, of Shell Knob, formerly of Joplin, passed away on June 11, 2012. She was born on March 3, 1926, daughter of Ed and Pearl (Ledbetter) Perry in Douthit, Okla. On March 6, 1949, she married George D. White in Joplin. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 2006.
During her life, she was very involved in politics. She began working in Joplin for Congressmen Gene Taylor and Mel Hancock as a legislative assistant, a position she held for 24 years. She attended the Republican National Convention as a delegate. She was a member of the Missouri Federation of Republican Women where she was honored as a Woman of Tribute in 1998. She was a 60-year resident of Joplin, until the tornado took her home in 2011.
Survivors include: two sons, Dennis R. White and his wife, Cathy, of Duquesne, and Joe D. White, of Joplin; two daughters, Gay Taylor-Moss and her husband, Steve, of Shell Knob, and Anita Sharen, of Oak Hurst, Calif.; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one son-in-law, Larry Taylor.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Haven of the Ozarks or to the Joplin Humane Society and entrusted to the White Funeral Home, Cassville.