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Juanita Josephine Graham


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Juanita Josephine Graham Obituary
January 3, 1945 - January 22, 2016 Juanita Josephine Graham AKA "Nita" was born January 3, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee to Lawrence Griffin, Sr. and Lavern Barnes Griffin. She was one of eight children. All preceded her in death, except her remaining sister, Lovie Wigfall of Brooklyn, New York. Nita's mother was a homemaker and her father a chef at the Peabody Hotel. She proudly shared that her Father, Lawrence, was famous for his pecan pies and roasted pork shoulder, basted in a secret sauce whose recipe is now lost. Nita attended Grady School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. While visiting her sister Louise, she fell in love with Southern California and settled in Long Beach, working at the VA Hospital. In the early 70's she moved to "The Jungle" in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA as a Nurse Practitioner. She worked for Kaiser Permanente in Internal Medicine at their Downey and West LA facilities, and then moved to Dermatology before retiring in January of 2011. Nita was the life of the party and would frequently entertain family and friends in her beautiful View Park home. Her guests fondly remember after-dinner games of Pictionary and Scrabble, and the hilariously underhanded strategies she would employ to win at them. Besides her two children, Natasha and Thurston, and her grandsons, Jeremiah and Quentin, her greatest love was being on the tennis court. She was a fierce competitor, and played tennis every day. When friends and family urged her to spend her retirement travelling and seeing the world, she responded that her world was the tennis court. She said many times that when she passed away, she wanted to go while playing tennis. Her wish came true, but for those who loved her it was much too soon.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 30, 2016
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