Juanita Lou Whaley, 83, of Bellefontaine, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 31, 2014, in Kenton Nursing & Rehab Center.
She was born in Logan County to Roy E. and Claribel Jones Byrd on May 2, 1931.
On June 26, 1949, she married Dean H. Newman in Belle Center and he preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1990. She married Cary James Whaley in Bellefontaine on May 14, 1983, and he died Nov. 28, 1997. She also was preceded in death by a son, Bruce David Newman, on Feb. 26, 1957; and sisters, Judy Craig and Frances Byrd.
A 1949 graduate of Belle Center High School, Juanita attended the Belle Center Church of Christ and later the Bellefontaine First Lutheran Church. She worked as an assembler at Siemens and retired after 20 years.
Juanita was also a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and the AMVETS Auxiliary. She adored and helped raise her great-grandson, Andrew Smith.
Juanita is survived by her children, Shirley Moller of Bellefontaine and R. Michael Newman and Ronald Newman, both of East Moline, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Norma McMillen and Mary Mulligan, both of Kenton, and Helen Burke of Lima; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where Pastor Cheryl Siegenthaler officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellefontaine AMVETS and the Bellefontaine VFW.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.