Joanna Sharon Kaye Sellards, 24, of Newcomerstown, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Akron City Hospital from injuries that she sustained in an automobile accident.

Born June 2, 1994 in Dover, she was the daughter of James A. and Jan E. (Cargnel) Beitzel of Stone Creek.

Joanna attended Garaway High School and completed her high school education through Quaker Digital Academy. After graduating, she continued her education and graduated from the Regency Beauty Institute in Canton and was currently working as a cosmetologist for Ulta Beauty at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia. In addition to her work, Joanna was also currently attending Stark State College in Canton where she was pursuing her desire to a work as a nurse with the elderly because of her love for her grandfather, who suffers from dementia.

Joanna attended the Uhrichsville Foursquare Church and possessed a great love for animals. She was a volunteer at the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound and would trap and re-home stray cats. Because of her love for animals, Joanna was recently interviewed by WTUZ concerning her mission to open a cat shelter in Tuscarawas County.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Kordell Sellards, whom she married June 18, 2017. Also surviving are a sister, Jamie (Mark) Beaber and her three precious nephews, Nathan, Seth and Luke all of Stone Creek; her in-laws, Marcus and Karen Sellards and a brother-in-law, Kale Sellards all of Sherrodsville; six aunts, Shari (Jon) Harmon, Brenda Hughes and Mary Jane (Greg) Mendoza all of New Philadelphia, and Jessica (Jason) Bergquist, Rose Best and Darlene (Ed) Bridgeman all of Uhrichsville; two uncles, Tim (Flo) Jones of Dover and Tom (Mariam) Jones of Sugarcreek; her grandparents, James (Patricia) Cargnel of New Philadelphia; her grandmother, Patricia Carpenter of Dennison; her special cousins, Shawn Harmon, Jonathan Harmon, Justin Hughes, Kara Hughes, Starr Smith and Andrew Jones along with numerous others and her pet dogs, Bella, Boomer, Jade and Max and several cats.

Cousins, Chad Hughes and Cody James Lanzer, her great grandmother, Amelia Joyce, and her paternal grandparents also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia with Pastor Florence McNutt and Pastor James Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Stone Creek Cemetery at Stone Creek. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4 to 7 PM in the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Joanna Beitzel Sellards Memorial Fund c/o First Federal Community Bank, 321 North Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH 44622, to continue her mission to establish a cat shelter in Tuscarawas County. She wanted to get as many of the unwanted cats off the streets as possible and have a place people could bring them to be rehomed instead of being left to fend for themselves.

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory
116 Second Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Geib Funeral Service
5600 North Wooster Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622

Geib Pet Crematory
5600 North Wooster Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622