Earleen Sharon Andrews, 72, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at her home in Lakeside, from complications of lung cancer. She was born Saturday, Aug. 24, 1946, in Miami, to the late Jack Berlin and Lillie Myrtle (Reeves) Bilberry. Though she was born in Miami, Earleen was reared in Superior, where she was a graduated member of Superior Senior High School.
Her mother, Lillie, was the postmaster in Superior and her father a World War II veteran and worked the Copper mines around Superior and Globe. She was a cosmetologist and owned her own beauty shop called the Hair Shack in Apache Junction. Her husband, James Andrews Jr., worked at Kennycott Copper Mine in Kearny, and retired as a physical plant manager at the Florence State Prison.
She loved playing softball until she suffered a concussion. Then she was relegated to watching softball from the stands and she enjoyed that too! She managed Classic Beauty College in Mesa, and then taught at East Valley Institute Technology, which was a beauty school. She was involved in the community in Apache Junction; she served as a Justice of The Peace, President of the School Board and also served as President of the Chamber of Commerce.
She loved being together as a family and we had a rather large one. She taught her children many life lessons throughout their lives. The one that stands out above all others is, "Listen to your mother!" She always knew her boys' secrets while they were in school. "All of our classmates would get their hair done at her Hair Shack in Apache Junction. She had a knack for squeezing info out of our friends, unbeknownst to them, only to use it on us when we got home. She already knew the story before we even opened our mouths and knew when we were fibbing. Moms always know..."
Earleen and her husband retired to Lakeside, where they enjoyed living in the heart of the White Mountains. They met many friends in their little piece of Heaven and Earleen was a friendly and familiar face to the places that she frequented. Sadly, her dear husband, James Carroll Andrews Sr. died March 6, 2016. Her family was her rock, upon whom she could rely and she drew from their love and support. She was loved dearly by her boys and grandchildren, siblings and friends. Yet, they all find a great deal of peace and comfort during this difficult season knowing that families are forever.
Earleen is survived by her two sons: Darryl Andrews of South San Francisco, California, Michael Andrews of Lakeside; one step-son, James Andrew, III of Phoenix; six grandchildren: Colton Andrews, Morgan Andrews, Alisa Andrews, Paige Andrews, Taylor Andrews, Chad Jessie; great-grandchildren: Baily Sue Jessie, Dax Thomas Morgan and by one sister, Nancy Wolford of Gilbert.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Norman Bilberry, Richard Bilberry and grandson James Andrew, IV.
The public viewing and friends calling will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Owens Livingston Mortuary - White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. 9th Street in Show Low, where the funeral will begin at 2 p.m. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Show Low Cemetery, 300 E. Adams Street in Show Low.
Owens Livingston Mortuary – White Mountain Chapel handled arrangements. For those who have special memories and would like to send private condolences or to sign an online guest book, visit www.owenslivingstonmortuary.com.