Belva Delite Tharp Johnson Dake, 98, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Vinton Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with the Rev. Sue Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Visitation will be from
4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. Sixth St., Vinton. Memorials may be directed to Wesley United Methodist Church or the Vinton Lutheran Home.
Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
She was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Vinton, Iowa, to Frank and Hattie (Rouse) Tharp. Belva married George D. Johnson on Feb. 8, 1941, at the Methodist Church parsonage in Davenport. Together they had four sons, Gerald Donald, Carl Dean, John David and Thomas George; and two daughters, Jerrel Jacueline and Kathie Ann. George and Belva was married for 25 years before he passed.
Belva married Willis Dake of Garrison on June 8, 1968, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton. They made their home in Garrison. They later moved back to Vinton. They enjoyed dancing every week at the Eagles Club, going to Guttenberg and, later in life, the 4th Street Diner.
Belva was a homemaker and worked later in life at the Virginia Gay Annex as a ward clerk. Belva's favorite job was working for her friends, cleaning houses.
Belva is survived by her son, Thomas "TJ" (Jane) Johnson; and daughter, Kathie Ann (Jerry) Adams. Her grandchildren, Laurie (Darrell) Werning, Dylan, Jake (Courtney) Cochran, Michael Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Megan Christianson, Nicole (Eric) Allen, Leif, Olive and Elin, Nick (Sheena) Adams and Chase, Landon, Skylar and Tenley, Stacy Ruth and Holly (Trevor) Sevey and Marcy, Lucky Wilson, Savannah Wilson, Angelica Ruth, Tracey (Dan) Podhajsky and Zade and Drake; her step-children, Eva Lee Fennern and Carol Rehder; and son-in-law, Robert Beyer. Also her stepgrandchildren, Robyn (Ken) Quamme and Eric, Jack Fennern, Mickie Toomer, Debra Wilde, Joe Fennern and Shari (Gary) Wendel, Erin (Michael) Sargentson and Christian, Brooke (Brian) Barnett and Dawson, Delainy and Conor; and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Dorthey Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
Belva was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, George D. Johnson and Willis Dake; her brothers, Russel, Leonard and Carl Tharp; sisters, Gretchen Geiger and Evalyn Williams; her babies, Gerald Donald, Jerrel Jacueline, Carl Dean and John David; and her stepdaughter, LaVonne Beyer and Timmy.