August 28, 1932 – November 30, 2018
Juanita was born in La Mesa, Texas to Lorenzo Dow and Zela Ratliff August 28th, 1932 and passed away at her daughters’ home in Taft, Ca peacefully surrounded by family Friday, November 30th 2018. She lived in Texas till the family moved to Fresno, Ca in 1936. They moved to Taft, Ca shortly after in the summer of 1942, where the rest of her life began. She was a proud graduate of Taft Union High School, class of 1950 and studied for a short time at Taft College. She met the love of her life, Dean Perry at the age of 14 at a high school dance. She had numerous jobs; Cuyama Valley Recreation Department, Sears, Division of Oil and Gas, and her most loved career Taft College, where Juanita was the director of Financial Aid and Admissions from 1971-1994 when then she retired. She was proud of being a Taft Union High Alumni, where she was on the 1950 class committee that hands out scholarships to present deserving students.
Dean and Juanita were MAJOR Taft College Cougar Football fans. Members of the booster club “the older cheerleaders”, they attended every college game near and far. She allowed TC students into her home for the holidays and treated them like a member of her own family. She made them all feel welcomed and loved. She brought racial healing and unity to the community of Taft, while working at Taft College. So much so, she was inducted into the Taft College Hall of Fame in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Taft College in 2017, with help from letters written by beloved students that she still communicated with to this day. Dean and Juanita were married in Tijuana, Mexico on September 11th, 1948. Their marital union lasted 63 years until Dean passed away in 2011. They had three children; James Arthur, Randy Dean and Becky Jean. She ran a very tight ship with her family. As her family continued to grow, she became the matriarch of the Perry name. Family was everything to her. Every holiday all family would gather together to celebrate on that day, from Easter to Christmas. It has been passed down from generation to generation. She taught us the love of crocheting, traveling, having weekly game nights and being around friends and family, Juanita totally enjoyed life to the fullest. Over the years she continued the love of being a number 1 fan of all her grandchildren. If she couldn’t attend, she was there in spirit from any sport that involved a ball to drag racing.
Juanita is survived by her children; her son, Jim (Carolyn) Perry and daughter Becky (Ward) James both reside in Taft, Ca. Grandchildren; Jamie (Danny) Frye, Mike (Debbie) Perry, Kimberly Perry, Denise Todd, Leslie (David) Wilmer, Jimmy (Amber) Norris. Great Grandchildren; Todd Holder, PJ (Tiffani) Holder, Nathan (Jenny) Yeakle, Austin Frye (Aspen Hall), Brendon Frye (Crystal Kiser), Randie Todd (Josh Lopez), Alexis (Andrew) Sandoval, Kelsey Wilmer, Chelsi Perry, Hunter Perry (Makayla Payne), Jeremy Wilmer, Ezra and Tate Norris. Great Great Grandchildren; Karli Holder, Simon Holder, Benni Holder, Aspen Frye, Berkli Holder, Presleigh Todd, Audrey Frye, Baby Emery Perry due January 2019, Baby Charlotte Sandoval due February 2019 and another Great Great Grandchild due August 2019. Her brother Johnny Ratliff of Redding, Ca. Along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years and her son Randy, her twin sister Jenita and brothers Lawrence and Nolan.
Services for long time Taft resident, Juanita Perry will be held Monday, December 10th, 2018 at 11 am by Greenlawn Mortuary at the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Sherry Coulter from Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate. Reception to follow at OT’s Cookhouse. We would like to thank Julie and the rest of Hoffman Hospice, for the loving support they gave to her while in the care of Ward and Becky James. In Lieu of flowers please donate to Hoffman Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest. www.Greenlawnm-c.com