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Mary Juanita (Nita) Conn went home Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. She fought a good fight against numerous health battles and is now freed from the struggles and pains of this Life. She was Born in Port Arthur.
Juanita grew up in rural Emhouse. A child of the Great Depression, she always told people we didn't know they were poor because Momma and Daddy shared so much love and provided so well the basics of life.
In 1942, she married J.W. and they moved to Corsicana. In her 20's, and before raising two children, Juanita worked for the Singer Sewing Company where she taught many women older than her to sew. When J.W. died in 1968, she worked for American National Insurance Co., retiring from there after 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, Clarence Lafayette and Mary Clemie Miley; four sisters, Kathryn Conn, Dorothy Russell, Hilda Hardin and Bobbie Greer and her husband, J.W. Conn.
Surviving all their husbands, the sisters, Juanita, Dorothy and Bobbie lived together in Corsicana for over 20 years. Known about town as "The Golden Girls," they made beautiful Christmas stockings together and took food to countless families when their loved ones were sick. Now, Juanita is an angel in heaven, once again in the embrace of her God, her mother and father, her sisters and her loving husband.
She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, Clarence Lafayette and Mary Clemie Miley; four sisters, Kathryn Conn, Dorothy Russell, Hilda Hardin and Bobbie Greer and her husband, J.W. Conn.
She is survived by her brother, Charles Miley; children, Pam and Billy Conn; god-daughter, JoLynn Mixon Fisher; best friend of 60+ years, Billie Jean Mixon; grandchildren, Alisha Massey, Andrew and Katelyn Conn; a great-grandson, Gavin Fox Massey; daughters-in-law, Carolyn Conn and Patty Lane; grandson-in-law Bret Massey, granddaughter in law, Claire Becker and numerous nieces and nephews.
We grieve because our world is without a sweet and special soul, yet her memory will live strong within us brought to life by a Christmas stocking hung at the holidays, the touch of a piece of fabric sewn by her hand, one of her recipes made, or a story of long ago told.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made in her name to Hospice of East Texas Foundation 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 76701. Online guest book available www.griffin-roughton.com. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Published on October 19, 2016
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