On October 26, 1929, she married Jesse Herman (Bill) Reed in Altus. To this union was born one son, Bill Kirk Reed. Bill and Juanita resided in Altus throughout their lives. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altus. Soon after their marriage Juanita joined the church where both were active members. Juanita became a teacher in the Junior Department. She was active in W.M.U. and also enjoyed doing devotionals for various occasions.
Some time later she began teaching a young women's Bible Study Class. She was an excellent Bible teacher who studied diligently for her class presentations. Juanita learned much from the older Christian women who became her role models. Through the years Juanita continued to teach women's classes until 1996, when failing health made it impossible for Bill and her to attend. After teaching for nearly 50 years, retiring was extremely difficult for Juanita, for she loved the Lord's work and her class members.
Bill and Juanita shared an extremely loving marriage relationship. Even after they were older, Bill often reminded her how much he loved her and how beautiful she was. In those years, especially, her life revolved around Bill. He became homebound, unable to move from room to room without help, but she was at his side day and night. Though she had been diagnosed with leukemia, she waited on him tenderly and lovingly when her own strength had been depleted. It was only through God's grace that she was able to carry on. Her life became one of service to Bill and to God. Still, Juanita never lost contact with her many friends staying in touch by telephone and personal visits.
In May 2003, Bill moved on to his eternal life. Though extremely difficult, Juanita carried on. With the light of her life gone, she resided at Plantation Nursing Home and could have easily slipped into depression, but she knew that God, Bill and her family and friends would be grieved by that. She was determined to make the best of her remaining time. Her loving family and friends came for many visits, making the long days easier.
Those who knew her well realized that Juanita Reed was an interesting and unique person. She loved people and enjoyed a good joke. She had a very interesting personality. She owned the wealth of many friends and had the God-given gift of a sharp mind until the end. She could become extremely upset over minute things that others might not even notice and make a huge issue of what seemed like nothing. But when something really important transpired involving pain, sorrow or a need, she was compassionate, helpful and strong as a rock.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, two brothers, W. Roy Kirkwood and Floyd Leo Kirkwood, and a sister Laura Mae Tripp.
She is survived by her son, Bill Kirk Reed and wife, Doann of Norman, Oklahoma; a granddaughter, Kathy Reed of Guthrie, Oklahoma; a grandson, Kirk Reed of Norman, Oklahoma; a brother-in-law Chester Reed and wife Norma of California; a sister and brother-in-law, Lola and Millard Hall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services will be held Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Altus with Rev Keith Wigington officiating. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church.
First Baptist Church
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