Juanita Christine Smith

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Juanita Christine Smith, 83, died Jan. 12, 2009 in Anchorage, after a long illness.
Juanita's viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home, 11621 Old Seward Highway. A memorial service will be at At 3:30 p.m. at Chapel by the Sea, 14730 Turnagain Bluff Way. Final interment will be in the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Juanita was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Seymour, Mo., to David and Elvia Coots. She was a graduate of Seymour High School and displayed an early interest in art.
In the early 1940s, the family moved to Santa Ana, Calif.; Juanita and her parents worked in the aircraft factories during World War II. At a local roller skating rink, she met Randy, recently discharged from the Army Corps of Engineers, and they were married on June 14, 1947.
The couple moved to Bull Shoals, Ark., where Juanita ran a gift shop which included many of her own arts and crafts products.
In 1957, they moved to Yucca Valley, Calif. Juanita opened another gift shop, drew the plans for the home they built, participated in several productions with the Yucca Valley Players community theatre and was a member of Evangelical Free Church.
In 1972, Randy and Juanita moved to Anchorage for a one-year working vacation; the vacation ended when they decided to remain. Juanita joined Gallery 21, several art clubs and displayed her crafts, paintings, and 3-D gold pans of Alaska scenery at local and state fairs. For several years she and Randy owned The Alaskan Friends Bed and Breakfast in Spenard. She was a member of Chapel by the Sea for over 30 years.
She is survived by Randolph, her husband of 61 years; a daughter, Doreen Milligan of San Diego, Calif.; a son, Marti Smith of Anchorage; a sister, Faye Helms of Seymour, Mo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guillian-Barr Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (GBS/CIDP) Foundation International, The Holly Building, 104 1/2 Forrest Ave., Narberth, PA 19072.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2009