Juanita Pickford, 95, of Harrisburg, Illinois, peacefully passed away on December 31, 2020.
Juanita was born on April 13, 1925 to Press and Rhoda King of Harrisburg. In High School Juanita played the french horn and was also a Majorette in the Harrisburg High School Marching Band. After Juanita graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1943, she married Norman Pickford of Harrisburg, whom she had met at Harrisburg High School.
Juanita and Norman had two children, Bertis Wayne and David Lee. Juanita and Norman were married 60 years. While she raised her children, she was an active member of the PTA, helped at Golden Circle and also worked alongside her husband raising and selling tomatoes. In addition, she helped at Shawnee Decorating in Harrisburg where she was part owner of with her brother Hinkle King.
Juanita was an active and devoted member of McKinley Avenue Baptist Church in Harrisburg, where she served as the Sunday School Secretary. She attended McKinley from after high school until she was no longer physically able to attend.
Juanita had many hobbies including knitting and crocheting. In the latter half of her life she developed a passion for painting.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband Norman, and her son Bertis Wayne. She is survived by her son David, and her grandchildren Jerid, Christine, Sean, Erinn, Brandon, and her great-grandchildren Dalton, Anna and Kyle.
Juanita loved her family, her church, and her community with a tenacity that was felt by people that knew her and met her. She will be loved and missed.
Regretfully due to Covid 19 the family feels that it is appropriate for services to be limited to graveside only. Services will be held at 3 PM, Sunday, January 10, 2020 at Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Billy Dye, Jr. will officiate. Please adhere to CDC guidelines. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the McKinley Avenue Baptist Church.
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