After a life of love, wonder, spirit and adventure, Juanita May King (88)
passed away peacefully on July 27, 2015. Her vibrant life was testament
to her belief that “dreams really do come true”.
Granddaughter of Oklahoma pioneers, Juanita was valedictorian of her class
at Pawhuska High School. She attended Oklahoma A & M and earned her
bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Tulsa. She met her
husband, Charlie King, while attending Oklahoma A & M. The two were
married in 1947 and had four children.
It was from her mother, who rode sidesaddle to teach school in Lincoln
County, that she inherited a passion for education. A strong advocate
for public education, Juanita taught math and computers at Nimitz Junior
High School. Her example inspired her children and grandchildren to pursue
their own educations to the highest level.
Juanita’s life revolved around family. No one in the family would
miss her fried chicken, Thanksgiving dinners, homemade jellies or gifts
of pecans shelled with care. Juanita cherished the fact that the home
she and Charlie built was filled with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved rocking babies, playing slapjack with the greatgrands, and watching
them ride bikes on their long driveway. When the kids would select a book
and ask her to read to them she was always thrilled.
A political activist, Juanita would engage in a political conversation
with anybody and was always right. She was a member of the Oklahoma Democratic
Party, OEA, NEA, OSPE Auxiliary and DAR. She enjoyed time as an OSU Master
Gardener and was an excellent bridge player.
Survivors include Charlie, her husband of 67 years; brother Bayless May;
her children: Janie Lyon (Larry), Charles King (Karen), Joyce Cheatham
(Keith), and John King (Allis); 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. In her memory,
donations can be made to the Barth Syndrome Foundation, PO Box 582, Gretna,
NE 68028, honoring her great-grandson Henry Branagh.