Juanita Esther Shackelford "Nita" peacefully left this world on August 28, 2011, four days after her beloved husband, Winn Shackelford. Nita was born on April 30, 1916 in Atchison, Kansas. She worked in the bookkeeping department of Montgomery Ward before becoming an airline stewardess for TWA. She met Winn on VJ Day while celebrating on the streets of Kansas City, Missouri. They were married in 1946 and moved to Tucson, Arizona. They had two daughters, Kay and Carol. Nita ran the household and shared in a vibrant community and social life with Winn. In 1975 she and Winn moved to Southern California, retiring in Solana Beach. For a number of years, Nita volunteered at the Scripps Hospital Thrift Shop. She and Winn traveled domestically and abroad, she had many loving friends, loved board games and baseball. She and Winn returned to Tucson in 2002 to be closer to their daughters and granddaughters. She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Kay McGarvin and Carol Lynn Craft; four granddaughters, Tracy (Charles) Micka, Carrie Schloss, Courtney (Joey) Ingegneri, Gabriela Craft and four great- granddaughters, Maddison and Riley Schloss, Merrina Micka and Gianna Craft. She was a big fan of the Diamondbacks. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment of watching sports is a tradition the family will miss. Nita was a wonderful homemaker, gardener, sports fanatic and a very classy fashionista. Her family will miss her energy, her strong will and her sense of humor. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
Adair Funeral Homes - Avalon Chapel
8090 North Northern Avenue Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 4, 2011