Juanita Sanford, a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend, died on her birthday, January 20, 2019 at the age of 59 at her home in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Juanita is survived by her children Nick and Mike Sanford; her sisters Elizabeth Farnden and Linda Garcia-Rose and her brother Rick Garcia; and her grandchildren Cora and Tessa Sanford. She was predeceased by her husband Randal Sanford and her mother Madeline Garcia.
Juanita was born in Hartford, CT on January 20, 1960. She lived in many places including Colombia, Miami and lived in Connecticut most of her life before moving to Las Vegas.
Juanita ran small businesses from 1993 running events for Big Beautiful Women (BBW) both in Connecticut and then in Las Vegas. It was a passion of hers to "have a place where big girls could go be comfortable and not judged and learn to love and accept themselves."
Juanita believed in living life to the fullest whether organizing holidays, laughing, playing games, bingo or dancing. She had an incredible sense of humor which brought joy to everyone around her. Juanita would do anything for her kids and family. She adored photos of her family in the outfits she loved to buy them.
She will be missed.
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Published by The New Haven Register on Jan. 30, 2019.