August 12, 1918 - April 3, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Juanita went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 3, 2013. She was born in Guntown, MS. to H.T. and Pearl Coleman Hopkins, moving to Oklahoma at age 18 months. She graduated as Valedictorian from Asher HS where her father was Superintendent for many years. She married Clyde Kidd on November 24, 1937 and he preceded her in death on December 25, 1981. Juanita received her Bachelor's degree from East Central University in Ada, OK and her Master's degree from the University of Central OK, Edmond. She was a teacher and then a counselor at Putnam City HS for 18 years, a Director of HS College relations at the University of Central OK for 5 years and Director of Information Services at the Vocational Technical School of Tulsa, OK. She was a life member of the Oklahoma Education Association, National Education Association, Oklahoma County Retired Educators Association, Oklahoma Retired Educators Association and NEA - Retired Teachers. Juanita was a past president of the OEA, Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma, the MacDowell Club of Allied Arts, and the Edmond Chapter of AARP. She was a member of the Oklahoma Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Oklahoma Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa and active in other organizations. She served as an elected NEA Director of Oklahoma for 9 years, President of the Oklahoma Educator's Credit Union and an elected member of the Board for 20 years. She was a member of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority for over 28 years and serving as Chairman several terms. She was currently a member of the OETA Channel 13 Board of Trustees. Juanita represented the NEA Board of Directors as a delegate to the WCOTP World Confederation of the Teaching Profession in London, England and Washington, D.C. She served as chairman of numerous committees and commissions at the local, state and national level. She served on the NEA Legislative Commission which led to a lifelong interest in politics and the legislative process. Juanita was the recipient of numerous awards and honors during her professional career. Among them was her induction into the "Oklahoma Educator's Hall of Fame", the "Kate Frank Meritorious Service Award" in Human Relations, distinguished alumnus Award from East Central University, Ada and the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, the "Woman of Achievement Award" from AAUW, the "Bravo" award from OETA, with a permanent "Juanita Kidd Courtyard Marker" for her service as Chairman of the OETA, OETA 50th Anniversary Service Award, May, 2003. The "Juanita Kidd" Room is in the OEA Headquarters building, honoring her for her years of service to OEA and the teaching profession. Juanita is listed in "Who's Who of American Women", "Two Thousand Women of Achievement" and "Who's Who of American Educator's". As an active member of the New Covenant Christian Church, she served in several offices, and on various committees. She maintained a strong interest in the young people and deeply appreciated retired Pastor Tim Pool and other dedicated members of her church for their help and caring. Our mother shared with us her love of people, the Church, the Power of Prayer and her great sense of humor. She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will always be with us in a special way. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the New Covenant Christian Church, or the OETA Foundation. Services to celebrate her life will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 6th, at New Covenant Christian Church with private burial to follow with Pastor Tim Pool officiating.
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 5, 2013