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Beth Ann Grubb Sistrunk peacefully joined Christ in heaven on Sunday, April 30th with her husband by her side.
Beth was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to Jerry and Beverly Beardmore Grubb. She grew up in rural south east Ohio caring for animals and creating anything and everything her imagination desired including dolls and their clothes, baskets, drawings and paintings, pet residences and even little wooden boats to float down local streams. She spent her summers feeding her creativity through exploring the vast outdoors with her ever present cat, Boots, and golden retriever, Sunney, at her side. When she wasn’t drawing, her winters were spent designing dream houses, ball gowns and landscapes on paper, baking and decorating cookies, sewing garments or cat toys, and reading fantasy fiction novels or writing short stories and poems. She was an active member of 4H, Girl Scouts, was 1st trumpet in the marching band (she would also play "Taps" for local Veterans' services), she sang in her high school choir where she was a featured soloist, and she mastered the piano learning pieces by Chopin, Debussy, List, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. She graduated Valedictorian of the Beallsville High School Class of 1997.
After working in graphic design and the financial industry through her 20's she realized that she wanted to pursue her first love, painting. She studied everything she could get her hands on, including texts written in the 19th Century, a few of which were in French, and thought about painting all day every day. She developed a habit of constant analysis and thoughtful execution that helped her become a world class artist.
Beth has been represented by Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York City since 2018 and her work has been exhibited in many prestigious galleries including 1261 Gallery in Denver, the Richard J. Demato Gallery in the Hamptons, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, Robert Lange Studios in Charleston SC, ABEND Gallery and Dacia Gallery in NYC as well as numerous museums throughout the country in juried national and international exhibitions. Her work has appeared in American Art Collector Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Long Island Pulse, Strokes of Genius, the Art Renewal Center Catalog as well as many other notable digital and printed media. She also won Best of Show in the Bold Brush Painting Competition, several awards for Creative Innovation and Achievement as well as other notable awards.
Images of her work can be found on BethSistrunk.com and Rehs.com
Beth is survived by her husband, Earl, of Naples, Florida; parents, Jerry Grubb of Belmont, Ohio and Beverly Beardmore Grubb of Jerusalem, Ohio; brother, Alan Grubb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; uncle, Keith Beardmore of Jerusalem, Ohio; aunt and uncle, Marlene and Steve Book of Jerusalem, Ohio; mother-in-law, Anne Sistrunk of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Magan Sistrunk of Knoxville, Tennessee; cousins, Nathan Book of Jerusalem, Ohio and Melinda (Aaron) Scott and their son, Henry, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; also many friends, including Vernon Winkler of Jerusalem, Ohio.
Family and friends will be received Friday, May 12 from 3pm to 7pm at the Wilson Funeral Home - Harper Chapel, 52728 Ohio Avenue, Beallsville, Ohio where funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13 at 11am. Interment will follow in Bush Cemetery near Malaga.
In lieu of flowers and keepsakes, memorial contributions may be made to the Bush Cemetery Association, c/o Chris Ward, 50909 State Route 800, Jerusalem, Ohio 43747 or to Cancer Gas Cards, Inc., c/o Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Road, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793.
Bush Cemetery Association
50909 State Route 800, Jerusalem OH 43747
(c/o Chris Ward)
Cancer Gas Cards, Inc.
c/o Shirley Brown, 48397 Keylor Hill Road, Woodsfield OH 43793