Justene Bohren


MIDLAND, Texas — Justene Ethyl Bohren of Midland, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Odessa, Texas, at the age of 95. Born Jan. 22, 1925, in Jonesboro to Onie Patterson and Bonnie B. Hendrix, Justene was raised in and around the Valley View area of Craighead County.

Justene graduated from Jonesboro High School, class of 1942, and married Leonard Douglas Bishop Sr. from the Herman Community in Arkansas.

Justene was in the workforce much of her life and was a volunteer in the women’s civilian World War II effort, helping build B-52 Bombers in Seattle factories.

Her children enjoyed Justene’s recollections of working in the wings of the aircraft and of Gen. James Harold Doolittle’s inspections at the factory.

Justene was preceded in death by Leonard Douglas Bishop Sr., second husband, Robert E. Bohren, and brother, Waymon E. Patterson.

She is survived by her three children, Leonard Douglas Bishop Jr. of Bella Vista, Karen J. Norton of Spring Branch, Texas, and Darrel R. Bishop of Midland; two grandchildren, Lorrie Stevens and husband Trevor of Oklahoma City and Justin Norton and wife Brandi, of Spring Branch; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in McDaniel Cemetery at Jonesboro, where Justene will be laid to rest beside her loving mother, Bonnie Hendrix.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Justene’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting their website, www.stjude.org, or by phone, 800-805-5856.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 individuals at one time, while observing social distancing guidelines. All attendees must furnish and wear their own masks when entering the building.

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