Juanita Smith Houston
Sequoyah Vocational School ~ Student 1940s
SHADY GROVE, Ok -- Juanita Smith Houston , passed from this life Thursday, May 29 at her home in the Shady Grove Community at 73 years of age. She was born June 3, 1934 in Claremore to Phillip Smith and Nellie Hooper.
Juanita was raised by her mother and stepfather, Jess Hooper, in Cherokee County where she attended Sequoyah High School (Listed as Class of 1947 ~ birthyear may be wrong) and later received a BA of Sociology from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.
She married Dan Houston Sr. on February 5, 1952 in Tahlequah. Juanita and Dan lived in the Wool community before making their home in the Shady Grove community. She retired as a homemaker and was a member of New Greenleaf Baptist Church.
Juanita enjoyed being with her family and loved taking photographs. Juanita was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Nellie and Jess Hooper; her father, Phillip Smith; her husband, Dan Houston Sr.; and one son, Jess Allen Smith.
She leaves behind two daughters Patricia Ann Scott and Brenda Louise Jessie; three sons Daniel Houston Jr., Don Houston and Ronnie Houston; one brother, Raymond Searcy; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended relatives and friends.
Service were held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Elm Tree Baptist Church with Rev. Gil Hooper (Seq. Cls '69) and Rev. D.J. McCarter officiating. Burial followed at Greenleaf Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Tommy Hayes, Blake McLemore, Boone Pickup, Jonathan Washington, Billy Hendricks and Butch Ballard. Honorary pallbearers included Juanita’s grandsons Brian Scott, Aaron Houston, Chris Houston, Keith Jessie, Jeff Jessie, Jeremy Scott and Brent Houston.
Her family sends their special thanks to Shepherd’s Hospice Care and Careforce for the care they provided.