Juanita Jane St. Clair Hadley was born in Lubbock, TX on September 17, 1943, to John and Edith St. Clair. Juanita lived and attended school in Cotton Center, TX until she was in the sixth grade when her family moved to Muleshoe, TX. She graduated from Muleshoe in 1962, and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, both in English, from West Texas State University.
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Juanita began her thirty-six year teaching career in 1968 at Hart High School in Hart, TX. She then taught at Carver Junior High in Amarillo, TX from 1969-1972. The next twenty-five years of her life were spent molding, challenging, and enriching the lives of her "kids" at Texico Municipal Schools. She retired from Texico in 1998; however, the classroom beckoned to her, and in 2000 she began teaching at Friona High school.
She permanently retired in 2004, so she could spend time enjoying and supporting her grandkids.
She is survived by her two children, Allan (Robin) Myers and Jessica Hadley, five grandchildren, Allison, John, Hannah, and Josh Myers and Elizabeth French, all of Texico, one sister, Darlene Pierce of Muleshoe, a sister-in-law, Jannette St. Clair of Austin, TX, nieces, nephews and cousins. Last but not least, she is survived by all of the kiddos she taught. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Johnie St. Clair, a nephew, Johnny Lee St. Clair, and a brother-in-law, I.V. Pierce.
Juanita was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lubbock after a very short, but hard, battle with breast cancer. Services will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Texico First Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. A viewing and visitation with the family will be the night before from 6-8 p.m. at Steed-Todd Funeral Home. If you or anyone in your family has fought breast cancer, please be vigilant in getting mammograms. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Juanita's name to the Juanita Hadley Scholarship fund at the Citizens Bank of Texico.
Arrangements are under the direction of Steed Todd Funeral Home 800 E. Manana Blvd Clovis, New Mexico 88101 (575)-763-5541. You may also sign the family guestbook at www.steedtodd.com
Steed-Todd Funeral Home
800 E. Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM 88101
Published in the Clovis News Journal on July 13, 2014