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Juanita Collins

January 28, 1932 - April 2, 2016

U.S. Veteran

Juanita Nall Collins, 84, passed away on April 2, 2016, at her home after a battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jack (Rip) Collins; parents John and Lilla Nall; brother, Harold Nall; sister, Margaret Murphy; and grandchild, Cale Miller.

Surviving children, Steven Collins and wife Loni (Kearney, Missouri), David Collins and wife Debbie (Overland Park, Kansas), and Mark Collins and wife Carolyn (Lawrence, Kansas); grandchildren, Ryan Collins and his wife Miranda, Derek Collins and his wife Crystal, Courtney Barden and her husband Frank, Laura Spegal and her husband Jacob; great-grandchildren, Adrian Collins, Alexandria Collins, Corbin Collins, Zoe Collins, Liam Collins, Henry Barden, Maisy Barden, Lily Spegal, Annabelle Spegal; sisters, Helen Abernathy (Foley, Alabama), Mildred Stokes (Hoover, Alabama), Joan Herren (Trussville, Alabama); brother, Layne Nall and his wife Barbara (Foley, Alabama).

Juanita was born January 28, 1932, in Powderly, Alabama, to John and Lilla Nall and was the 5th of 7 children. She grew up in and around Birmingham, Alabama, and in 1950 graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama. Following high school, Juanita worked for a local Birmingham Bank where a co-worker encouraged her to join the Navy Reserves. After serving in the Reserves for a few years, she went active duty, leaving her Banking career behind. In 1958, Juanita was stationed at the Naval Air Station (Memphis, Tennessee) where she met and married her husband of almost 44 years, also active duty Navy. In 1991, Juanita and her husband moved to Sedalia, Missouri. After her Husband’s death, she moved to Kearney, Missouri, in 2003 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Juanita loved cross stitch, making ceramics, working puzzles, and visiting Walmart on a regular basis (a lot).

Although there will be no funeral services, the family hopes everyone who knew Juanita will think about her from time to time and remember her in their prayers. Juanita was a proud and strong woman, very patriotic with a strong faith, and loved her family very much. She will be missed.

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