Juanita Stacy, age 90, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on July 6, 2018, in Fresno California.
She was born on August 2, 1927 in Lorado, Arkansas, to Oliver and Hazel (Childers) Cook. She met the love of her life, Harold Stacy in St. Louis, Missouri and they married in 1944. A few years after their marriage, Harold entered the ministry, with Juanita by his side. They pastored churches in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Michigan, and California, for approximately 40 years, as God blessed their faithfulness.
Juanita enjoyed leading women’s ministries in the churches they pastored. Aside from ministry, she was also passionate about genealogy, and spent decades researching at libraries, courthouses, cemeteries, and in later years, on-line. She treasured finding a missing connection, and worked with other researchers across the country. If you knew her, you heard her say, “They could be part of our line.”
More than genealogy, Juanita loved music. Her family roots in Lorado introduced her to country music and she cherished that heritage. Her favorite artists were Gene Watson and Marty Robbins. But her preferred music was southern gospel. She loved to worship while listening to the Gaither Homecoming series and any quartet music that glorified the Lord. As she drew her last breath, an earbud was in her ear playing “I Am Thine, Oh Lord” by the Cathedrals.
Though she had lost one eye and was legally blind in the other, she used a magnifying glass to read her Bible every morning. She lived her entire life working towards the ultimate goal of going home to be with Jesus, and now she is rejoicing with those gone before her.
She is survived by her five children: Linda Coffman, Michael (Patricia) Stacy, Sherry (Joey) Willis, Daryl (Carol) Stacy, Glenn (Glenda) Stacy, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her brother Oliver Cook. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step-mother (Thelma Cook), husband, brother (Joe Cook), son-in-law Ronald Coffman, granddaughter Caren Coffman, and great-grandson Curtis Coffman.
Juanita will be laid to rest beside her loving husband of 60 years at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Per her request, there will be no funeral service.
A special thanks to the staff of St. Agnes Hospital and the Hinds Hospice Home for the attentive care given to Juanita during the last two weeks of her life.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant!”