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Juanita Mary Caraway


1916 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Juanita Mary Caraway Obituary
JUANITA MARY CARAWAY passed away peacefully at home in Redlands, CA surrounded by her family on the morning of January 7, 2017 after a brief illness. She and her family and friends celebrated her one hundredth birthday last October. Juanita was born on October 3, 1916 in Huntington, Arkansas, the eldest child of Edward and Nettie Louise Parker. Five years later, Juanita's parents welcomed another daughter, Jarada. Juanita married Jack D. Caraway, then in the U.S. Army, in January 1939 in Walters, Oklahoma. The couple had two daughters, Winona and Loretta and were transferred several times during the 1940s for Jack's military career. While Jack served during World War II in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1945, Juanita worked for Douglas Aircraft in Oklahoma City, OK, helping to build C-47 "Gooney Bird" transport planes and A-26 "Invader" attack bombers for the war effort. After the war, she worked as a beautician before joining Jack and their two daughters as part of the occupation forces stationed in Germany from 1949 to 1952, a time she recalled as one of the most exciting and happiest in her life. In 1955, Jack was transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii, bringing Juanita and daughter Loretta with him for a nearly two year-long tour of duty. After retiring from the Army in 1957, Jack and Juanita moved to San Bernardino, California, where both daughters eventually joined them. In California, Juanita was a homemaker and a hugely significant part of the lives of her granddaughters, Debbie Butler and Sheri Garcia, and, later, her seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Juanita's lifelong skill making clothes for children, grandchildren (and their dolls), coupled with her talents in the kitchen, love for travel via car, plane, and boat, and generous, gentle, loving demeanor earned her the adoration of her family and friends. She was an exceptional mother, and the essential patient, sweet, giving, and miracle-working grandmother. Juanita was preceded to Heaven by her parents and sister, and, in 2002, husband Jack. She is survived by her daughters, Winona Singer (and husband George) and Loretta Smithson, along with her grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel in Redlands on Thursday, January 12 from 4 to 6pm, followed by a private interment ceremony, where Juanita will be laid to rest beside her husband at Montecito Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Redlands, where Juanita was a member for 25 years, at 11am on Thursday, January 19.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 11, 2017
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