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Juanita Mae Kennedy


Juanita Mae Kennedy, 94, formerly of St. Paris and West Liberty, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, at home in Springfield.

She was born in Hardin County on Dec. 27, 1918, to the late Joe and Bessie Rollins Vassar.

On Jan. 15, 1948, she married Vernon E. Kennedy in South Charleston and he preceded her in death in the late 1980s. She also was preceded in death by a son, Donald L. Yoder; sisters, Betty Craddock, Eleanor Straley and Cinda Longbrake; and brother Don Vassar.

Juanita is survived by her daughter, Phyllis (John) Eberts of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Hattie Yoder of Urbana; five grandchildren, Janet Eberts, Rachel (Diana Wilson) Eberts, John M. Eberts, Kim (Bobby) Yoder-Farvour and Tiffany Yoder; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Doris Vassar of West Liberty; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Virginia Smith.

Juanita was a member of the West Liberty Church of God and for many years was active with the Champaign County Bowling Association.

A farmer’s wife, she was an avid gardener, enjoyed quilting and loved her dogs.

Pastor Joe Redmond officiates a private funeral at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty. Interment is in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Miami Valley, 1948 N. Limestone St., Springfield 45503.

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