Juanita Shrader


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Juanita Shrader Heath

Oct 30 1914 - Aug 12 2004

Juanita Shrader Heath, age 89, passed from this world to be with God and her loved ones in Heaven Thursday, August 12, 2004 at Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital in Sherman following a long illness. She was known affectionately as Mama Nita to her family and friends who adored her for all the love and warmth she spread in her presence. She was an artist whose medium was needle and thread and the tapestry of her life is tightly woven by the heart strings of her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the many friends and relatives who loved this gracious lady. Juanita Catheryn was born October 30, 1914 at the family farmhouse in Rock Hill Community, which later became Prosper, Texas. She was one of four daughters born to Jewell C. Smith and Mary Frances Parvin Smith who were children of early settlers of Prosper and Collin/Denton counties. She married Jim Hogg Shrader, who was also from a pioneer family, April 1, 1934 and they had a daughter, Sandra. Juanita and Jim traveled as his job required, but still maintained a home at the Shrader homestead in Prosper. Jim Shrader died in 1970 and Juanita then married Wayne (Jack) C. Heath, a longtime friend and former resident of Prosper. They made their home in Winnie, Texas where she lived until Jack died in 1988. She returned to Prosper and lived there until 2002 when she came to Sherman to live with her daughter. Juanita was active in both the Methodist and Baptist churches in Prosper and was a member of the 5-0 Club there. She joined the 1st United Methodist Church of Sherman when she came to live with her daughter, Sandra. She was very interested in preserving family history and genealogy. In the past several years, she had worked to gather information and photos and was a major contributor to a work on the Families and History of Prosper compiled by Bill Hays. She was recently honored by acting as Grand Marshall in Prosper’s 100th Anniversary Parade as one of the community’s oldest residents. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Omohundro of Sherman, Texas; sisters, Frances Mozelle Green of Saginaw, Mildred “Mitzi” Reeves of Ft. Worth and Mary Jewell “Jackie” Miller of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Sara and Brian Engel of Sherman, Jim and Aleda Kissinger of The Woodlands, and Jennifer Omohundro of Sherman; great grandchildren, Michael Omohundro, USMC Jessica and Todd Long, Jena Kissinger, Daniel Engel, Staci Omohundro, and Joey Kissinger; several nieces and nephews; and step grandchildren from her married to Wayne C. Heath, Jerry Heath, April Kicklighter, and Nichole Heath. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Hogg Shrader; second husband, Wayne C. Heath; granddaughter, Cynthia Kissinger Omohundro. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, August 16, 2004, at Ridgeview Memorial Park with Dr. Thomas Peel officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Sunday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Booth, David Dean, Bill Hays, Jim Hughes, Tommy George, Mike Green, Sale Omohundro, John Shrader, Russell Willbanks, Leonard McCasland, Mark Bryant, Bobby Wilson, Ralph Boyer, Hayden Isbell, Bob Dye, Jerry McGowen and Bill Shrader.
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