Juanita R. Craven, 84, of Quincy, IL passed away peacefully Monday, December 26, 2016, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, surrounded by loved ones.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal. Graveside services will follow immediately at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal, MO.
Juanita was born on October 16, 1932, in Hannibal, MO, the daughter of Reverend Manuel and Louise (Gould) Craven. She graduated from Hannibal High School in 1950 and was the class historian. In later years she worked tirelessly on many reunions, staying in touch with classmates and documenting their changing lives. For the 50th Reunion, she authored a summarization of the event, "The Nifty Fifties". Juanita was an avid writer and photographer throughout her life. Several of her poems and short stories were published and she won awards for her photography.
Juanita lived much of her life in Arizona, where she loved the desert and all things "Southwest". She collected Indian artifacts and loved decorating her homes in a southwest motif, even when she moved back home.
She pursued the family genealogy and was proud of her American Indian heritage. She cherished spending time with family and knew that was all that was really important. She wrote poems at Christmas to document the ever-changing family and was always the one with the camera snapping pictures. Thank you Auntie, you'll be missed.
Survivors include one son, Michael Leroy Stolberg, one grandson, Zachary Stolberg, one brother, Dale Craven and wife Charlotte of Quincy, IL, many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Ms. Craven was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Marie Craven and Norma Louise (Craven) Mack.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association, in care of the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.
Online condolences may be made to the family on Juanita's memorial page at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com