Juanita W. Brown Nutter Parkhurst was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, on Jan. 2, 1947, to Charles Alferd Brown and Nellie Lou Ella Brown.  

Juanita left this life on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at her home surrounded by family. 

Juanita was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Lisa Colleen Nutter; two brothers, Jack Depriest and Charles A. Brown; her mother, Nellie Brown Smith, and her father, Charles Brown. 

Juanita married her childhood sweetheart Allen W. Nutter in 1965. To this union three children were born, Thomas C. Nutter, Lisa C. Nutter and Tina C. Nutter. 

In her younger years, she liked to ride the “Church Bus.” She always said that she felt that the early exposure was important in developing her strong love for God.  Juanita believed, “Without Him, I am nothing.” 

The most important things in her life were Jesus, her children and her grandchildren.  

She loved to do crafts and go to flea markets. One of her very favorite activities was getting into her personality of  “Gabbie.” As Gabbie, she was one of the Clowns for Christ, who went out to spread God’s word and make people laugh and have fun.

Juanita worked for many years in the HD Lee Factory in Lebanon before it closed. Afterward, she began to help the American Red Cross. 

On July 4, 2009, Juanita married the love of her life, Donald D. Parkhurst, in Bolivar. Donald and Juanita enjoyed traveling and drives just to look at the lake.  

Juanita is survived by her husband, Donald Parkhurst of Bolivar; her son, Thomas Nutter and wife Yvette, and her daughter Tina Nutter, all of Bolivar; stepsons Bill Parkhurst and wife Tabitha, and Brian Parkhurst and wife Haylee, all of Springfield; her sister, Margaret Bostick and husband “Red” of Temple, Texas; eight grandchildren, Kenny Nutter and wife Taylor, Keith Nutter and wife Kaylie, all of Bolivar, Autum Parkhurst and husband Kieran, Billy, Dustin, Tristan, Nick and Aidin Parkhurst, all of Springfield; great-grandchildren Payton, Hadley, Hensley and Baby Nutter all of Bolivar; and nieces and nephews, Tammy, Rayleen of Texas, and Heather, Pamela and Charlie of California. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alzheimersorganization.org in Juanita’s name.  

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon.

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