After battling ALS, Juanita Grace Hesly Camfield died at her Sonora home on Nov. 12 at
the age of 89.
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she moved with her parents to Chicago in 1942. After graduating from Karl Shurz High School in 1950, she enrolled in a nursing program at Grant Hospital in Chicago. After completing that program, she was employed as a courier nurse on the Santa Fe Railroad. When she married Roland in 1954, Nita followed his naval career and gave birth to their first son. When Roland's service was complete, the family moved to Denver, where Juanita gave birth to their second son and their daughter. A move to LA in 1973 had Juanita working as a nurse until retirement in 1998.
She and Roland then moved to Sonora, where she pursued her favorite hobby, making and spending time with friends. She facilitated her social life by joining a bridge group and by joining the Columbia College orchestra, where she played the violin. She never retired from her life's work, which was to sustain her family.
Juanita is survived by sons Mark and Gregg, daughter, Stephanie C. Wolfe, and grandchildren Robert Camfield, Russel Camfield, Max Wolfe, Bella Camfield and Michael Camfield.
A virtual memorial will be held this Saturday. Link available at http://camfield.info.
Published by Sonora Union Democrat from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2021.