Juanita Pearl Collett, was born in Grand View, Idaho, Feb. 19, 1929, and died Nov. 4, 2009, in Boise, after a prolonged illness.
A viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m. at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Knight Community Church at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Grand View. A community potluck dinner at the Grand View Senior Center will follow the committal service.
Juanita attended the Grand View schools and graduated from high school in 1946. After graduating from business school in Boise, Juanita was employed as a typist at the State Auditoršs Office for a year. On July 5, 1948, she married Thomas A. Collett.
The couple returned to Grand View, where they lived for the next 57 years.
Tom farmed and Juanita was an active homemaker. They raised a family of four. She had many a vegetable garden and canned and froze food for her family. She also sewed and outfitted her daughters with many a new Easter dress and dance recital costumes.
She loved flower gardening and all three of her daughters chose her garden as the site for their weddings. She also sold Avon, Tupperware and worked in the Grand View grade school lunch program. For several years, Juanita was an egg rancher, caring for over 2,000 chickens, supplying eggs to the greater Grand View community.
Her grandparents were pioneers in Grand View and Juanita, as her parents, was always active in the community. Juanita and Tom were active in PTA, Lions, 4-H, Scouts and their church. They were very proud of their work in getting a new grade school and later a new high school built.
Juanita is survived by her sisters, Jeanette Hemenway of Grand View and Letha Gribble of Boise, four children, Margaret and her husband, Ron Hexum, of Boise, Carol and her husband, David Harter, of Boise, Betty Collett of Pahoa, Hawaii, and Edwin and his wife, Ria Collett, of Grand View, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Marg