Joeanna Rush Sfair was called home to be with the LORD on September 12, 2021 at 89 years of age.
Joeanna was born in Pecos, Texas, on February 5, 1932. She spent her childhood in Pecos and Odessa, Texas, where she was a "daddy's girl" and enjoyed spending time with her friends, dancing, and was on the pep squad. Shortly after graduating high school Joeanna moved to Oklahoma City where she did not know anyone to take a job with Southwestern Bell in which she had a very successful career and retired from 40 years later.
Joeanna married Fred Sfair in 1959 and enjoyed over 30 years of marriage.
Joeanna was a God-fearing woman who was an active member of First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She participated in and held several positions such as secretary of the In-Keepers Class and the In/Out Reach coordinator for Koinonia class. Every Saturday Joeanna would contact up to 60 fellow Christians to reach out, help support, and of course remind them of bible study on Sunday. Joeanna loved to sing gospel hymns and would go early to church to sing them with her longtime friend who would play the piano. Her favorite hymn was Number 275 out of the Old Baptist Hymnal – "I Know Whom I Have Believed."
Joeanna was a friendly and outgoing person who easily established and maintained many lifelong friendships. One of her most cherished activities was spending time with her "Lunch Bunch" where 35 or more women mainly from Southwestern Bell would get together once a month to do lunch at different restaurants around town. She looked forward to it each month and created many cherished memories she would share with her friends and family.
Joeanna was a proper West Texas Lady who delighted in having everything from her head to her toes match or as some would say "Matchy, Matchy". From her nail polish to her clothes to her jewelry, all of it was as bright and as bold as she was.
In a true West Texas spirit, she was an independent women way before it was fashionable to be so, she was as determined as hitching a wagon to a star when she set her mind to it, she had some snap to her garters or some would say she was as smart as a whip, and she never had an issue with telling it like it was, especially her version of the story any day of week. She was a woman who didn't hold back, didn't hold back her voice, didn't hold back her heart, and didn't hold back her love for all of her many, many friends and family members. Joanna will always be fondly remembered for all of her wonderful qualities that made her the person she was.
Joeanna was preceded in death by her former husband Fred Sfair, mother Ruby Miller Rush, father Marvin H. Rush, nephews Frank Tripp and Michael Turner and niece Melissa Turner Harris. She is survived by her sister Sue Rush Turner, nieces Sandy Tripp Cochran, Rita Tripp Morgan, Linda Tripp Kulasik, Angela Jones Warren and Martha Turner Brunson and other extended family members and friends who will miss her very much.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 515 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215.